Neuville-aux-Bois and its shacks in the wood
The church of St-Symphorien amazes me: its huge tower (45 metres high) from the 13th century raises on a quiet square, in the middle of the village. The 15th century church was raised by Saint-Martin-des-Champs (Paris) Benedictine monks and given by king of France Henri I. By the way, did you know that Neuville was called nova villa ("new city") in the Gallo-roman period and became later Neuville-aux-Loges? Aah, those famous loges! The forêt aux loges ("lodges' forest") is the former name of the Orléans' forest. It was named after the small wooden shacks built for woodcutters, or maybe after the coaching inn raised for kings of France...