CLUIS – LA SOUTERRAINE

 

It was the last day before I wanted to be in Ferme Villefavard for my creative writing workshop. Yet I had to still walk over 35 miles, which was impossible for me. No public transportation was running between cities. I did not know what to do. But I was lucky. The young owner of the petite épicerie in Cluis, his name was Kam, helped me find a ride to the next town, Crozant. He knew the people in town and asked an unemployed person with a car who needed money. We both benefitted from each other.

 

 

When I arrived in Crozant, I was leaving Burgundy and entered the region of Limousin – the least populated area in France. The symbol of Limousin is a white feather with the Letter L on it.

 

 

Symbol of Limousin

Symbol of Limousin

 

The town of Crozant seemed totally empty.  Only the boulangerie was open.

 

Boulangerie with the French flag

Boulangerie with the French flag

 

Crozant is known for the Painter’s school, the L’Ecole de Crozant. This place was a paradise for the 19th century impressionistic painters who found ideal scenes and the perfect light in the valley of the Sédelle River

 

 

The most famous painter of this school is Armand Guillaumin.

The most famous painter of this school is Armand Guillaumin.

 

On the way down to the river, I walked through the most beautiful countryside. The smell of an abundant blooming jasmine shrub was filling the air and prepared me for the beauty to come.

 

 

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On one side of the river, powerful granite rocks where reaching up to the sky. Picturesque mills were on the other side. The whole valley was filled with the gentle murmur of the water.

 

 

Valley of Sédelle

Valley of Sédelle

 

 

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Ponte Charreau, beginning of 17th century

Ponte Charreau, beginning of 17th century

 

After leaving the valley, I walked again beside meadows and fields. Golden brown colored Limousin cattle were watching my steps.

 

 

Limousin cattle

Limousin cattle

 

Like in many villages, the past showed its face. Abandoned houses still kept their charm and former community washing places were beautiful without having purpose anymore.

 

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Communtiy washing place

Communtiy washing place

 

All along the way, the foxglove was blooming in shady places beside deep green fern. So much green everywhere! Sometimes moss was even taking over church walls.

 

Foxglove

Foxglove

 

 

Romanesque church Saint-Agnant-de-Versillat

Romanesque church Saint-Agnant-de-Versillat

 

In the evening, I arrived at the medieval town La Souterraine and stayed in the charming hotel Jin Jaud. I was too tired for sightseeing that day.