Exploring the Auvergne

I’m always in two minds about not having internet connection when I’m away. In many respects it is really very nice indeed to be somewhere where you can’t be contacted or nobody really knows where you are. It’s also a bit frustrating when you want to keep your blog up to date! So, I’m home now and it’s time to start sharing my travels.

Only 10kms away from the campsite sits the charming old market town of Besse-et-Saint-Anastaise. It has a medieval and Renaissance quarter and is almost exclusively built of the black lava stone, so typical of this region. It was really lovely to wander around the narrow lanes and also to see the tourists returning. As much as I abhor crowds (it certainly wasn’t crowded), it was nice to see shops and cafes open again and to see people enjoying themselves.

_DSC0286The old town gate and belfry

_DSC0287Place Gayme

_DSC0289Place Gayme


After a bit of shopping and filling up with petrol (rather expensive in this region, even for the supermarket)! I took a little drive around.

_DSC0296General view over the countryside DSCN6774

Then just as I was coming back to the campsite I had a good view of the Château de Murol, founded in the 12th century and built on a basalt outcrop.

DSCN6735Yes, those tiny blobs of white on the mountains is snow!

Throughout its history the castle has been a residence, a prison, a bandits’ hideout and finally a stone quarry! Thankfully it is now listed as a Historic Building and is protected.

I was hoping that the weather would pick up a bit, but at least it didn’t rain and we managed some nice walks. It certainly wasn’t typical July weather, even taking into account being in the mountains and being at some altitude. There’s always another day.

A Bientot!

About Al in France

Dreams do come true and I am now retired and living with Maggie, my chocolate labrador, in France in the Deux-Sevres. I love travel and photography and hope to combine both interests here to make a record for myself, and somewhere where I hope you will get to enjoy a part of my life in this region, in France and further afield when I get the opportunity. Please feel free to follow and comment. A Bientot!
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2 Responses to Exploring the Auvergne

  1. Colin Bisset says:

    I think the Auvergne in the summer is lovely. I found it a brooding kind of area – all that volcanic energy – and the perfect setting for a drama of some sort. I can’t think of many films that have used it as a backdrop, though…

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    • Al in France says:

      It really is an absolutely delightful region in the summer and I agree totally that it is brooding (although I never thought of it like that). It seems to be a popular setting for French films and dramas, but certainly no English/US ones that I am aware of.

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