So yesterday I told you all about Pontmain and the apparition of the Virgin Mary which has brought it so much fame. What I failed to tell you was that was my first stop on my trip to the Mayenne last weekend. I had such a wonderful time—especially since we have been having such warm and sunny weather. It only seemed right that I should get out of the house and enjoy it as much as possible. I’m sorry I’ve not been posting lately but I will try to make a comeback and give you all the details of my recent adventures as well as updates on trips that I took last summer but have failed to blog about. Bear with me. Anyway, the second stop on Friday morning after visiting Pontmain was the little village of Chailland. It is designated as one of the most beautiful villages in France (petite cité de caractère) and is famous for its rocky cliffs that surround the town and the River Ernée. During Easter, over 100 years ago in 1913, the citizens of Chailland erected a statue of the Virgin Mary on the highest rock above the village. She still stands watch over the valley and is a popular destination for hikers. I spent an hour climbing to the summit, winding through the public gardens blooming with daffodils and crocuses before descending in order to visit the parish church, the ancient water mill and the medieval lavoir along the river.