The Abbaye de Fontenay is magnificent in other ways. It is one of the oldest Cistercian Abbeys, since it was founded in 1118 by St Bernard. It had been a large community which reminded us of Fontevraud. The church was enormous as was the dormitory. All the monks slept in the same room on straw mattresses on the floor.
The water resources were abundant and used for washing but also as a power source. There was an enormous building called The Forge which housed a water driven anvil for making tools from the iron found in the surrounding hills.
We wandered through the buildings and gardens and lost ourselves in the medieval calm of the place. By the time we finished wandering we decided we had better cancel our intended stop in Troyes and save it for another trip. Instead we headed toward the A6 and followed our GPS confidently to the Boulevard Morland where we had reserved an AirBNB. After dropping off our luggage we returned the car to the Gare de Lyon and strolled home, stopping for crepes on the way.
We fell asleep in our borrowed Paris apartment without planning for anything more than a trip to the boulangerie in the morning and dinner tomorrow evening with Jonathan and Laura Reid.