La Celle-Guenand ~ Marché Noël & buying books

My Father-in-Law and Mother-in-Law (Beau-Pere and Belle Mere) are visiting us for the holidays. So this morning Sandra and I took them to the Christmas Market, Marché Noël, at the Chateau of the nearby pretty Touraine village of La Celle Guenand (1).

The courtyard of the Chateau

Although it was quite cold at 11.30am there were a fair number of people there already visiting and buying from stalls of local produce (goats cheese, of course) and artisan and artist stalls (paintings, poetry, recipes, conserves, beautiful hand-made bags, wood-turned nutcrackers, etc). But what immediately caught my eye was the stall of second-hand books ~ my idea of heaven.


The owner of the book stall was a Belgian, Adres België, who moved to the Touraine village of Boussay three years ago. There he runs a thriving B&B, Chambre d’hôte, the charmingly named L’Atelier Millefeuilles. Adres is an avid book collector/seller and is about to sell his books on-line, I’ll keep you all posted.

L'Atelier Millefeuilles

Adres at his book stall earlier today







So, did I buy a book from Adres? Well, yes indeed, its a 1948 edition of, Visages de la Touraine. It has many interesting images of post-war Touraine which I will share with you all over the coming months.

Inside cover illustration

(1) A little history of the village. The origin of the name La-Celle-Guenand comes for the first part of its name from Celtic ‘cella’ which means cell, small house, actually a small monastery.  Guenand is the family name of the original land owner. In 1793, the municipality received a revolutionary name: Saddle-Remillon. The inhabitants of La-Celle-Guenand are called Cellois-Guenandais. (Source: )

About Jim McNeill

I am a blogger on 'The Social History of the Touraine region of France (37)' and also 'The Colonial History of Pennsylvania and the life & Family of William Penn'. I am a Director of Fresh Ground Group Ltd.
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7 Responses to La Celle-Guenand ~ Marché Noël & buying books

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  5. Colin Dyson says:

    Nice one Jim will look forward to seeing your book. Love Colin

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