LA SOUTERRAINE – VILLEFAVARD

 

La Souterraine got its name from the crypt underneath the 12th Century Romanesque church. Even before the Romans settled here, the Celtic people venerated Sosterranea, the Goddess of the earth, at this place. Unfortunately, the crypt was closed due to renovation. Therefore, I had time to wander around through the town before the shuttle was to pick me up for Villefavard.

 

 

 

Market beside the church

Market beside the church

 

 

 

Porte Saint-Jean, 13th century

Porte Saint-Jean, 13th century

 

 

 

11th century church with Roman crypt

11th century church with Roman crypt

 

 

Ferme Villefavard is a farm founded in the middle of the 19th century by a Swiss Huguenot Family. It is now a center for all kinds of artistic and creative disciplines – mainly music, dance, theatre and also for creative writing. When I arrived, I immediately loved the place. It had a lot of similarities with the farm I grew up on in Austria.

 

 

 

The barn of the farm, now transformed into a performance hall

The barn of the farm, now transformed into a performance hall

 

In the right corner of the huge courtyard, there were two little Zen gardens. This was my favorite place to stay.

 

 

Rock garden of Villefavard

Rock garden of Villefavard

 

 

 

Walkway from “La Solitude” to the farm

Walkway from “La Solitude” to the farm

 

 

Beside rooms in the farm building, there were different houses where guests could stay.

I stayed in a house called “La Solitude.” In the living room, there was black grand piano where I loved playing my own music notes at times when nobody could hear me.

 

 

La Solitude (photo taken by Kevin Moulon)

La Solitude (photo taken by Kevin Moul)

 

 

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Chateau

Chateau

 

At the farm, only a few people where present. Trains were on strike and many participants got stuck in Paris. For me, this day was a day to rest and adjust to a new environment.