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Europe » France » Auvergne » Le Puy-en-Velay April 21st 2022

I am standing alone on the top of d'Arguilhe. I can see 360 degrees all round and it is a long way down . 368 steps I think that wind their way around the Puy. The ancient remains of a volcanic plug. One of a number in the immediate area . In fact, I can see another two of them as I look around . One has a statue of red sandstone the Notre Dame de France . The furthest away is an abbey of some description . Each seems to want to outdo the other . I am supposedly near to the angels up here on top. Angels who will look after me, sing to me and care for me especially if I have crawled up the steps on my knees. I am supposed to ... read more
386 steps later - at the top of the Needle the Aguilhe
in the square of the cross
One of the angels along my way

Europe » France » Auvergne » Le Puy-en-Velay July 25th 2014

Well, I took my trip to Le Puy today, and though it was a pricey daytrip, I'm glad I went. It was really cool to see in person the old Chapelle St-Michel on the rock, and the large statue (Statue Notre-Dame de France) also perched atop volcanic rock. The Chapelle was actually quite tiny inside, with some neat frescoes on the walls and ceilings. The view from it was also quite awesome, as you could walk on a path all around the church. After making the descent, I walked over to the Statue. I decided not to climb it, because my knees were bugging me, and I wasn't as keen on it. I think between carrying an extra 40 lbs on my back yesterday, and walking on cobblestones, and climbing hills and stairs, my knees were ... read more

Europe » France » Auvergne » Le Puy-en-Velay August 17th 2012

Tuesday, we set off for Le-Puy-en-Velay. As it was a long drive, we decided to break it up with a couple of stops at two villages classified amongst the most beautiful villages of France. The first was La-Garde-Guerin. This village is quite small and still contained within its walls. It would only take about half an hour to walk around the village. It was originally a fort dating from the 12thcentury. The unique thing about this village was that it was all made from the same stone. There was a tower and a tiny church. The view from the tower was to die for. The next village was Pradelles. As we drove into the village, we wondered how it received its classification as a beautiful city, so we passed straight through it. We arrived at Le-Puy ... read more
Notre Dame du Puy
Notre Dame (de Scaffold) de la France
Chapel of Saint Michael

Europe » France » Auvergne » Le Puy-en-Velay August 21st 2011

Tuesday 5th July 2011 Today a magnificent drive lay ahead from Avignon via Montelimar and the superb Ardeche valley to the home of the green lentil - Le Puy-en-Velay. Initially autoroute to the town of Montélimar which is widely regarded as the world capital of nougat. Nougat is one of the 13 desserts of Provence and highly appreciated throughout the country. ( Note - The thirteen desserts are the traditional foods used in celebrating Christmas. The "big supper" (le gros souper) ends with a ritual 13 desserts, representing Jesus Christ and the 12 apostles. The desserts always number thirteen but the exact items vary by local or familial tradition - you learn some good stuff here ! ) Historically travellers bought Nougat de Montélimar on their way to or back from the south of France. Sadly ... read more
Nougat Machinery
View - Central Massif
Chapel of St Michel




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