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September 30th 2012
Published: September 30th 2012
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View when arriving from St Exupéry-les-Roches

As I said before, I travelled on this trip labelled here 'Hidden France' with my Helper from the HelpExchange network, taking her to her next Host in Auvergne. It only took me 2 days of travelling there and back, driving, taking photos, stopping and getting the feel of various places on the way. Call me a local tourist if you like!

From Aubusson the road south to Ussel took us through forests and up a mountain pass or two. We were heading into the Massif Central which is a very old and massive eroded mountain range with numerous former volcanoes. Although the road felt wide and flat, the car engine was often pulling and we felt our ears buzz. We got to the altitude of 845m without realising it. The main industry here seemed to be forestry as we saw heaps of logs neatly piled by the side of the road.

Arriving in Ussel , we found a small town of about 10 000 souls built in grey granite stones, compact around its ancient church with narrow medieval side streets. We stopped shortly to take a couple of
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The old church in the medieval heart of the town
photos but, on the way back, I arrived from another angle and I was able to take a scenic photo of the town from a height.

Additional photos below
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Arriving to Ussel from Aubusson
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Street flower arrangement
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Granite stone houses
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Palace of former Earl of Ventadour
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In a back street
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My old Ford in a busy street

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