My drive back had to include a stop in Orleans, a city on the Loire River, in Central France.  New Orleans, Louisiana was named after this French city.  I drove through its Centerville (or main area, usually the center of town).  It was a large downtown area of upscale stores.  Since it was just after Christmas people were still crowding the shopping area purchasing after holiday gifts.  I would have parked and walked around a bit, but parking was tight and I just didn’t feel like fighting holiday shoppers — who had the advantage of knowing exactly how to park on the narrow streets of Orleans.  The area  was decked out in lovely holiday lights. 

Centerville in Orleans, France

Centerville in Orleans, France

 

As I reached the edge of the shopping area, I was startled by the ringing of church bells.  I looked up and beheld a phenomenal church.  It was 17:00 (5:00pm) so the bell clanged five times.

church in orleans frande

 

 

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