Vendée in the days of Fairies and Giants

Not surprisingly, it is underground Maillezais that is best preserved.  Here we see the all important salt cellars where one of the greatest treasures of the ages was stored.  Before the invention of modern refrigeration salt was the only was to effectively store food over the seasons.  Any treasure included salt and this was not the least of Maillezais's riches.  The monastery operated some 150 salt producing marshes in the nearby wetlands.  We'll visit one of them just outside Les Sables on Thursday.
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