Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Section

Grottes de Jonas

Grottes de Jonas – Ancient troglodyte village

The Grottes de Jonas, a troglodyte village with its chapel and manor-house built into the cliff, and occupied from ancient times until the French Revolution

Tarte a la bouillie

Tarte a la Bouillie – Dessert Recipe – Auvergne

Recipe for Tarte a la Bouillie, a traditional Auvergne dessert, a sweet milk-based custard cream baked in the oven on a short crust or puff pastry base

Traditional bugnes

Bugnes – French Fritters Recipe – Mardi Gras

Recipe for French Bugnes, the fritters that used to be prepared on Mardi Gras with all the leftovers of fat that couldn’t be consumed during Lent

Maison des Bouchers in Billom

Billom – Medieval town – Toscane Auvergnate

Billom, a medieval town located by the Limagne Plain and at the foothills of the Livradois Mounts, an area of green valleys known as ‘Tuscan Auvergne’


Clafoutis – Recipe – Dessert from Auvergne and Limousin

Clafoutis, a traditional dessert from Limousin and Auvergne regions in Central France, and made with black cherries baked in a custard style batter

Pompe aux pommes

Pompe aux Pommes – Auvergne Apple Turnover

The Pompe aux Pommes is a large apple turnover that is traditionally baked in Auvergne, a mountainous region in Central France


Vulcania – educational recreational park – Auvergne

Vulcania, an educational and recreational park on volcanism, inaugurated in 2002 in the heart of the extinct volcanoes of the Chaîne des Puys in Auvergne

Village and donjon of Montpeyroux

Montpeyroux – Beautiful Villages in France

Montpeyroux, a picturesque walled village once the property of the prestigious Comtes d’Auvergne, now ranked among the most beautiful villages in France

14th century half-timbered house in Charroux

Charroux en Bourbonnais – Beautiful Villages in France

Charroux en Bourbonnais, an influential medieval stronghold and thriving place of commercial exchanges today ranked among the Plus Beaux Villages de France

Statue of Vercingetorix in Alesia but used here for Gergovie

Gergovie – Vercingetorix defeated Julius Caesar

Gergovie in Auvergne, the site of the battle where Vercingetorix, the leader of the Gallic rebellion defeated Julius Caesar’s Roman legionaries in 52BC

Pedde du Coin des Hasards in Thiers

Thiers – French Capital of cutlery – Auvergne

Thiers in Monts du Forez in Auvergne, the French capital of cutlery and a picturesque medieval town clinging on the cliff above the turbulent Durolle River

Chateau de Billy - A superb illustration of Military architecture

Chateau de Billy – Fortress in Bourbonnais

Chateau de Billy in the department of Allier in Auvergne, a fortress once belonging to the Duchy of Bourbon and superb illustration of military architecture

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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