Category Archives: Tourist visits

Tourist site: Le Puits d’Enfer

Among the tourist sites I already wanted to visit: ‘Le Puits d’Enfer’; a hike is located at this site.

Geolocated about twenty km south of Parthenay and north-east of Niort, in the opposite direction from the Marais Poitevin, which touches the western gates of this city, is this ride, in Deux-Sèvres.
(not far from the A10 motorway towards Bordeaux, and the junction with the A83 towards Nantes).

Southern tip of the Gâtine massif, this site probably overlook the Sèvre Niortaise valley.

There are: a culminating point, a rock chaos, a stream and a waterfall, surrounding vegetation including a tree classified as “remarkable”; bonus: hiking paths.

Map of western France.
Southern tip of the Gâtine massif: le Puits d Enfer
Map of western France, Poitou terroir.
Southern tip of the Gâtine massif.

Remarkable Tree of Puits d Enfer
Remarkable Tree of Puits d Enfer

Hiking stairs at Puits d Enfer
Hiking stairs at Puits d Enfer

Hiking stairs at Puits d Enfer
Hiking stairs at Puits d Enfer

The stream Puits d Enfer
The stream Puits d Enfer

Waterfall at Puits d Enfer
Waterfall at Puits d Enfer

GPS coordinates:

Note: There is another interesting site with a similar name, on the coast with seashore paths, in Les Sables d’Olonne, in the department of Vendée.

Le Puits d’Enfer in Les Sables d’Olonne, in the Vendée department, on the coast
Sources :
  • Sites

Tourisme Deux-Sèvres, Le Puits d’Enfer

Commune d’Exireuil

onetwotrips: Deux-Sèvres, Rando Le Puits d’Enfer

Les Sables d’Olonne, Le Puits d’Enfer

Tourist site: Mont des Avaloirs

In the list of tourist sites that I already wanted to visit before, let’s go in the direction of Swiss Normandy to ‘Mont des Avaloirs”, this granite relief, this time located in the North-West of France, and which is located the northern end of the Mayenne department and at the edge of the Orne department.

This mount rises to an altitude of 416.30 meters, exactly, without doubt the highest peak in the North-West and in all of Western France (in the South-West, there are the Pyrenees), just in front of the ‘Signal d’Écouves’, 413 m, a few kilometers further north in the Orne.

Relief map of France, established by Paul Vidal de La Blache in 1918

Mont des Avaloirs, altitude 416,30 m, located the northern end of the Mayenne department

[See the GPS coordinates of Mont des Avaloirs on the deconfinement map]

Mont des Avaloirs belvedere. Altitude 416.30 meters.

A belvedere has been built there to contemplate the landscape on the horizon.
A clear sky will probably be expected to satisfy the observation of the panorama, as well as for a possible walk in the Normandy-Maine Regional Natural Park just around.

In addition, a list of the different reliefs marking a significant altitude of the sector
  • South of Mont des Avaloirs, from the border with the Sarthe department:

– Butte de la Frette, 293 m, with the N-E extension, 292 m, then
– Col de la Croix Lamare, 273 m, then 287 m
– mont Rochard, 357 m
– mont de Saule, 328 m
– Signal de Villepail, 355 m
– Corniche de Pail, 382 m
– Perseigne belvedere, 341 m

  • North of Mont des Avaloirs

– Butte Chaumont, 378 m
– mont Ormel, 262 m
– mont Hurel, 259 m
– Further west, mont Margentin, 270 m
– mont Gérôme, 304 m
– Signal de Charlemagne, 345 m
– mont Brûlé, 307 m
– mont de Cerisy, 246 m
– And a few more, grouped between Flers, Vire and Avranches, as well as further north.

Sources :
  • Wikipedia d’Écouves

  • Cartography

Tourist sites: the birthplace and the Tomb of Clemenceau

To start this series of blog posts on the tourist sites I wanted to visit before, here is the birthplace of Georges Clemenceau, probably the most famous Vendéen to date, in the town of Mouilleron-en-Pareds in the department of Vendée.

It should be noted that this house has become a museum and that this “national Clemenceau-de-Lattre museum” is also composed of the birthplace of Jean de Lattre de Tassigny, in the same town.

The two men each had a preponderant role during the two world wars, Clemenceau having won the nickname “Father of victory” during the war 14-18

Birthplace Clemenceau museum
Clemenceau's birthplace in Mouilleron-en-pareds[See the GPS coordinates of Clemenceau’s birthplace on the deconfinement map]
Georges Clemenceau around 1865Georges Clemenceau around 1865
Portrait of Georges Clemenceau by Edouard ManetPortrait of Clemenceau by Edouard Manet


Clemenceau, then Minister of the Interior in 1907 is also nicknamed “the Tiger”, he thus participated in creating the Tiger Brigades

Clemenceau, police logo

Not far from Mouilleron-en-Pareds is the tomb of Clemenceau, a few km further north-west, at Mouchamps, in the town of his father’s origin, with which he is buried.

Tomb of Clemenceau, in Mouchamps[See the GPS coordinates of the Tomb of Clemenceau in Mouchamps on the deconfinement map]
Tomb of Clemenceau, in MouchampsTomb of Clemenceau in Mouchamps


Then, if you feel like it, and if the distance to the Atlantic Ocean allows it, there is also the house by the sea, where he retired, in Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard, on the Vendée coast.

Seaside house in Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard, in the Vendée departmentSeaside house in Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard, in the Vendée department
Seaside house in Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard, in the Vendée department[See the GPS coordinates of the Clemenceau seaside house on the deconfinement map]


Sources :
  • Musee Clemenceau-de-Lattre


  • Wikipedia


  • Seaside house


  • Cartography

‘Within a radius of 100 km’

I am going to start a series of posts on the sites that I already wanted to visit beforehand.

[Edit June 2020: this list of tourist sites will continue, although the limitation is lifted, the fact remains that 100 km correspond to 3/4 h – 1 hour and a half, depending on the quality of the communication axes, and then you never know, if the epidemic returns, it can always be useful.]

“but which, at the moment, are too far as the crow flies for my current geolocation.

I will use this site ‘Confinement: map of the exit area’ (at this address: to quickly assess the area affected by the 100 km limit and thus everyone can check who is able to get there from his home.

(It is possible to move within a radius of 100 km as the crow flies from your vacation in France during deconfinement, or more than 100 km, provided you stay within the territorial limits of your department)”

While waiting, of course, to be able to go there later as I had planned! 😉

Carte Paul Vidal de La Blache - Les Cours d Eau de France

I add here a list of sites (use ‘translate’, it works fine) that I had drawn up on twitter: