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Cycling along the Loire River

Cycling along the Loire River

The best cycling routes along the Loire River, a series of trails that follow the river from its spring in Auvergne downwards to its mouth in the Atlantic


Rhône-Alpes former administrative region

Rhône-Alpes is bounded by the Alps and the Côte d’Azur, and is part of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, 1 of the 13 new regions created by the 2016 territorial reform

Volcanoes of Auvergne

Auvergne former administrative region

Auvergne is located in central France and is part of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, one of the 13 new regions created with the territorial reform of January 1, 2016

Notre-Dame-du-Port Basilica

Notre-Dame-du-Port Basilica – Clermont-Ferrand

Notre-Dame-du-Port Basilica in Clermont-Ferrand, one of 10 ‘Major’ Romanesque churches of Basse-Auvergne, strikes by its rich ornamentation and architecture

Prieury and church of Lavoute-Chilhac

Lavoute-Chilhac – Notre-Dame Trouvée

Lavoute-Chilhac, a medieval village nestled in a meander of the Allier, is famous for a pebble relic, Notre-Dame -rouvée, kept in Ste-Croix-de-Volte Church

Collegiale Saint-Laurent d’Auzon

Collegiale Saint-Laurent d’Auzon Restoration Appeal

An Appeal has been launched to raise funds for the safeguard of the 12th century Collegiale Saint-Laurent d’Auzon, a gem of Auvergne Romanesque architecture

Pounti, a traditional dessert from Central France

Pounti – Traditional Recipe from Cantal

Pounti, a traditional sucre-sale dish from Cantal and Aveyron in Southern Auvergne, prepared with mincemeat, chard leaves, flour, eggs, milk and prunes

Fete des Paniers de Montsalvy

Fete des Paniers de Montsalvy – Baskets Festival

Fete des Paniers de Montsalvy, an annual basketry festival that takes place the last Saturday of July, and aims at reviving and promoting Cantal traditions

Nothing has really changed in the traditional production of charcoal

Charcoal-burners – Auvergne Charbonniers

Charcoal burning was a traditional activity in Auvergne, a region of Central France known for its extensive forests of oaks, beech and softwood

Quintessential Chataigneraie Cantalienne

Chataigneraie region in Cantal – A discovery tour

The southwest of the department of Cantal is known as La Chataigneraie, a region of rolling hills traditionally dedicated to the culture of chestnut trees

Notre-Dame-de-France statue in Puy-en-Velay

Notre-Dame-de-France statue – Puy-en-Velay

Notre-Dame-de-France statue, a monumental Virgin overlooking Le Puy-en-Velay in Auvergne, and cast from the bronze of the canons seized at Sebastopol

Tissu Vichy

Tissu Vichy – Checkered woven fabric

Tissu Vichy, a French checkered cotton fabric known as gingham in English, a pattern Brigitte Bardot made trendy when she used it for her wedding dress

Red Piste Plomb du Cantal in Le Lioran ski resort

Le Lioran – Family ski resort in the Cantal Mountains

Le Lioran, a ski resort on the slopes of Plomb du Cantal, the highest extinct volcano of Cantal and 2nd highest peak of Massif Central
Mères Lyonnaises - Tablier de sapeur

Mères Lyonnaises – Lyon gastronomy’s pioneers

Mères Lyonnaises is the generic name given to the women cooks who started Lyon's culinary tradition and earned it the rank of French capital of gastronomy
One of the Silk shops where the Canuts Lyonnais sold their silk

Canuts Lyonnais – La Croix-Rousse silk-weavers

Canuts were the silk-weavers who worked and lived in the Quartier de la Croix-Rousse in Lyon, the French capital of silk-industry from 1536 to 1914
Chateau de Chavaniac Lafayette, built with the local black stone

Chateau de Chavaniac Lafayette, Marquis de Lafayette’s birthplace

Chateau de Chavaniac Lafayette, birthplace of Gilbert Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, liberal stateman, humanist and hero of the American War of Independence

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