Travel in France – Correze

èAfter the walk around Chauzeix there was plenty of time to explore our local town, Corrèze, a small fortified town established in 9C and named after the river just below the town. This was also a stop on one of the Pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostela. Continue reading

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Travel in France – a walk around Chauzeix

Day 9 of Travel in France was a cloudy day but warm. We parked in a lane in Chauzeix and set off along the GR46.

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The Puy de Chauzeix

The Puy de Chauzeix

Chauzeix

Chauzeix

The GR46 out of Chauzeix

The GR46 out of Chauzeix

The walk went through forests of pines, oaks and beeches to the Etang de Ganezandes, a quiet spot just a mile outside Chouzeix and overlooked by the Cirque de Fresselines.

Etang de Ganezande

Etang de Ganezande

Etang de Ganezandes

Etang de Ganezandes

After that we walked through more forests filled with moss and lichen, and across grass meadows with cows everywhere!

Charolais cattle near Chauzeix

Charolais cattle near Chauzeix

Countryside around Chauzeix

Countryside around Chauzeix

In the village we found stepped roofs again.

Stepped roofs in Chauzeix

Stepped roofs in Chauzeix

There were plenty of roadside crosses on this walk.

There weren’t many flowers, but at the end of the walk I found this pretty sight in the village pond.

IN the village pond, Chauzeix

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Travel in France – Chaumeil & Treignac

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Travel in France – a walk round Chaumeil

Day 8 of Travel in France dawned an overcast day with intermittent sunshine, but at least the temperature reached 20C by the middle of the day! We set off to walk around Chaumeil. Continue reading

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Travel in France, The Millevaches Plateau

The day dawned grey, overcast, chilly, and with rain in the air. Coffee and croissant in bed and another Elliot Pattison book, Water Touching Stone, and then a late morning start with a visit to Meymac and a drive around the Millevaches Plateau. How I wished I had packed a fleece jacket and winter trousers! Continue reading

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Travel in France – Tulle

Travel in France, Day 6, started in a leisurely way with coffee and bread in bed, and the end of The Skull Mantra by Eliot Pattison – riveting – and the first of several of his books for the holiday. It had rained and more rain was in the air and so walking was postponed and we went to Tulle instead. Continue reading

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Travel in France – a drive around Correze

The morning walk had been quite modest, it was a beautiful day, and so we set off to explore the Plateau de Millevaches. I expected to see lots of cows – well, my French is pretty basic – but other translations suggest an empty area, or an area of many springs. After a week I can testify that any or all of those possibilities are true! Continue reading

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Travel in France – A short walk around Correze

I enjoy walking and there was a lot of walking planned for the next few weeks! Day 5 of ‘Travel in France’, Sunday, was an idyllic day, starting with good coffee and excellent croissant enjoyed in bed with a book until 11.00am. This was clearly slothful and so we set off for a walk in the woods and paths around Corrèze. The map is no.2233, Carte de Randonnée, 1:25,000. A leaflet describing the walk, Le sentier du meunieris available at the very helpful Tourist Information Office in the town. Continue reading

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Travel in France, Notre Dame d’Orcival

Notre Dame d’Orcival is a Romanesque church in a tiny village, deep in a valley in the Auvergne.

The Church of Notre Dame d'Orcival

The Church of Notre Dame d’Orcival

The church was built in the 12C

Notre Dame d'Orcival, Grundriss (Wikimedia)

Notre Dame d’Orcival, Grundriss (Wikimedia)

Notre Dame d'Orcival

Notre Dame d’Orcival

Notre Dame d'Orcival

Notre Dame d’Orcival

Notre Dame d'Orcival

Notre Dame d'Orcival

Notre Dame d'Orcival

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Travel in France, Clermont-Ferrand to Correze

On the road again! Day 4 in France was travelling from Clermont-Ferrand, through part of the Auvergne to see the church at Orcival, and then on to Corrèze.

There was a last look at Clermont-Ferrand from the heights above the town, but with heavy clouds all round it was time to move on.

Clermont-Ferrand

Clermont-Ferrand

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The Church of Notre Dame d’Orcival is a Romanesque Church. It may have been on one of the many Pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostelo, but I am not sure.

The Church of Notre Dame, Orcival

The Church of Notre Dame d’Orcival

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Orcival

After a cup of coffee (and a hug hunk of Cantal cheese from this very good stall opposite the church) we set off into the heart of the Auvergne.

The Auvergne hills

The Auvergne hills

The Col du Guery has two huge rock outcrops, explosions of lava from the side of an extinct volcano, and this site has an amazing aerial photograph showing the relationship of the rocks, lake (the highest in the Auvergne), and valley below.

Col du Guery

Col du Guery

Lac du Guery

Lac du Guery

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The next stop was more of a ‘break’ in Bort les OrguesWe had a short while to enjoy some sunshine, and the flowers, but soon had to stop and wait for the rain to pass over.

The auvergne

 

The sun reappeared; we used the motorway to get to Egletons, a town with a significant past and where, according to Bradshaw there was a market for corn – we only wanted to use the SuperU! We turned off the main road at Gare de Corrèze, a stop on the line to Tulle, and on Bradshaw’s Route 50 – so I maintain contact. The end of the day brought us to the gîte in the hamlet of Cayre, just outside the town of Corrèzes.

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