In a suburb of Saumur, about a half hour from our house, in the backyard of a private property (whose proprietors run a bar), exists one of the largest examples in Europe of a dolmen.
|Janis in front of the dolmen|
To visit the dolmen, we rang a bell next to a tall green solid metal gate which looks like any other driveway in France. A woman came out to let us into the yard, where 20 feet away, this massive dolmen fills the side yard of the bar. She collected 4 Euros from each of us (not a bad return for a site with no maintenance except to mow the grass). Small signs in multiple languages gave us information about the dolmen and we were free to wander around as long as we liked.
|view of interior of Bagneux dolmen, 59 feet long|
|Dave under the capstone at the rear of the Bagneux dolmen|
|view from back of Bagneux dolmen|
The only mystery left unanswered is how do you get to buy property with a dolmen on it? This dolmen is in the middle of a residential area of Bagneux, a suburb of Saumur. Curious. It was time for aperos at home so we didn't stop for a beer in the bar on our way out. Perhaps we should have, maybe some of our questions would have been answered.