weekly photo challenge: change

The season is changing. The days are still warm and sunny, bit there's a nip in the air in the mornings, and the evenings are drawing in. Time for my choice of drink at our local café to change too. Goodbye fruit infusions, hello hot chocolate. There are some beautiful and very dramatic changes over … Continue reading weekly photo challenge: change

Brioude en fête

Our nearest town, Brioude, is usually very quiet and sleepy. It has a population of just over 6,500, and whilst it does attract some tourists in the summer, it's not exactly swamped. All that chamges for a fortnight every other year, during the month of July, when Brioude hosts its biannual watercolour festival - the … Continue reading Brioude en fête

monday verse: enivrez-vous

Il faut vous enivrer sans trêve. Mais de quoi? De vin, de poésie, ou de vertu à votre guise, mais enivrez-vous! from Envirez-vous (in Les petits poèmes en prose) by Charles Baudelaire I feel that I should probably add a few words of explanation to this week's monday verse, which isn't what I originally had planned … Continue reading monday verse: enivrez-vous

Marche Silencieuse: Brioude 10/01/15

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Today we attended the local “Marche Silencieuse” a march “en hommage aux victimes des attentats de ces derniers jours.”

20150110-110736These are being held all over France this weekend, and our local town had organised one for Saturday morning.
We hadn’t really known what to expect, especially how well supported this would be. Brioude is only a small town of around 6500 people, though it is a Sub Prefecture with a large rural hinterland. As can be seen in the photos, hundreds of people attended. Young people, families, the elderly all were represented here today. All political banners were banned, this was to be a silent display in homage to those who had died.


We marched – led by the mayor – from the Hotel de Ville through the town to the war memorial, where a minutes silence was observed .


As we turned away to return to the car, an elderly woman…

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Le Tour de l’Avenir 2014 – Stage 1

For people who enjoy cycling and follow it fairly closely, we've had very little luck with the Tour de France. We've been in many places which have featured in the race, just not at the right time. Notably, there was the year a stage started from Brioude a few days after we left, and the year … Continue reading Le Tour de l’Avenir 2014 – Stage 1

Walk PR 30 (Brioude) – Des Mines à la Fontaine Saint-Eutrope (11km)

Some photos from a walk that we did last week, via the 750 metres blog.

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This is a walk we have done once before and is a fairly flat circular route visiting the villages of Fontannes – Frugerolles – Billanges – Buze – Fontannes. The highlight of the walk was the profusion of wild flowers on the verges.

We also had a brief encounter with an inquisitive lizard!


The route gives you distant views of both Brioude and the Puys.

Other interesting features were this old cross outside Billanges, and the Maison Rouge at Buze.

A lovely walk in warm though not hot conditions, on good paths throughout.


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weekly photo challenge: three

My trio of photographs were taken in Brioude, in one of the narrow side streets that typify the town. This particular street opens out onto a large square in front of the cathedral, La basilique Saint-Julien, and you can see the entrance porch in the larger photograph. Above the door one of the modern stained glass … Continue reading weekly photo challenge: three