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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

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

Pastilles de Vichy

Pastilles de Vichy – Lozenges with digestive properties

Pastilles de Vichy, white octagonal lozenges produced from the mineral waters of the spa town of Vichy in Auvergne and known for their digestive properties

Vichy-Celestins entrance

Vichy-Celestins – mineral water source – Auvergne

Vichy-Celestins is a naturally carbonated mineral water that springs in the park of the former Couvent des Celestins in the spa town of Vichy in Auvergne

Traveling to Auvergne from the UK

Traveling to Auvergne from the UK

Traveling to Auvergne from the UK by means of air, land and sea is easy as the region is served by one airport, excellent rail and road networks

Solitary fairy chimney of Cotteuges

Fairy Chimney – Cheminee des Fees de Cotteuges

The fairy chimney of Cotteuges in Auvergne, a column of clay protected from millennia of erosion by a block of lava projected during a volcanic eruption

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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