Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Section

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

French Alps Flora - Cirse laineux - Wooly thistle

French Alps flora

The French Alps flora gathers some 4500 plant, flower and tree species that grow on 5 distinct vegetation zones or ecosystems found at different altitudes

Notre-Dame de Fourvière Basilica

Colline de Fourvière – Lyon – Lugdunum

La Colline de Fourvière in Lyon, a hill that overlooks the Saône and Rhône rivers and the site where the Romans founded the antic city of Lugdunum in 43BC

Nougat de Montelimar with almonds and pistachios

Nougat de Montelimar, a French confectionery

The nougat de Montelimar is a honey and almond-based confectionery and renowned Provençal specialty that was invented in Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) during the 10th century

Bouchons Lyonnais

Bouchons Lyonnais – bistros-restaurants

Bouchons Lyonnais are Lyon’s unique bistros-restaurants that serve local specialties traditionally accompanied by a glass of Beaujolais or Côtes-du-Rhône

Ascension of Le Puy Mary

Le Puy Mary, a remnant of Europe’s largest stratovolcano

Le Puy Mary, the remnant of the largest stratovolcano of Europe, is one of the Monts du Cantal, a series of extinct volcanoes part of the Parc Regional des Volcans d’Auvergne

The lumberjack house in Châtel

Châtel resort – Portes du Soleil ski area

Châtel is nestled in the deep of Val d’Abondance, at the border with Switzerland, and is one of the 12 ski resorts of Portes du Soleil

Source Marie Christine in Le Breuil sur Crouze

Le Breuil sur Crouze and La Madone des Treize Vents

Le Breuil sur Crouze, a market town located near Brassac coal mines, developed in the Roman era at the confluence of two rivers and junction of antic roads

Vallée des Saints - hoodoos

Vallée des Saints in Boudes, a natural site known as Colorado Auvergnat

Vallée des Saints in Boudes, a natural geological site of red earth and unusual rock formations, known as Colorado Auvergnat

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

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

Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval exterior

November 15 2020

Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval, the postman’s dream palace

Ferdinand Cheval, a rural postman who built from 1879 to 1912 his dream palace, the Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval, a masterpiece of Naïve Architecture
Tournemire castle and church in Cantal

June 25 2020

Tournemire, one of the most beautiful villages in France

Tournemire, one of the most beautiful villages in France, nestled in the heart of the Auvergne Volcanoes Natural Park in the Cantal department
Collegiate Church of St Laurent d'Auzon

June 14 2020

Collegiate Church of St Laurent d’Auzon in Auvergne

Collegiate Church of St Laurent d'Auzon, a gem of Auvergne Romanesque architecture and a major landmark of the Petite Cité de Caractère of Auzon
Picturesque village of Auzon, Petite Cité de Caractère in Auvergne

November 15 2019

Auzon, Petite Cité de Caractère in Auvergne

Auzon, a picturesque medieval town of Auvergne boasts an exceptional heritage that earned it the ranking of Petite Cité de Caractère
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