Aveyron, passion…

20 Sep

We thought that after leaving Périgord, we had seen it all.

So we drove further East and entered the neighbouring region with this kind of “looking down” attitude. You know? this attitude of “you little village are SO boring, we have seen ones that were MUCH more cute while we were in Périgord”…

But indeed we had to surrender to the beauty of Aveyron and to the passionate attitude of its people. And on the first evening we spent there, in a bedroom set in the dungeon of a house from the 16th Century, we could only repeat all the time those same words: “I want to stay here longer, longer, longer…”.

People who had left the stressful life of Paris for a better life in Aveyron welcomed us in their 16th Century mansion. The homemade marmelades were delicious, but were only one of the marvels on the beautifully set breakfast table. Cake, Caribbean-style rice, platter of different cheeses, some 10 different kinds of tea from Marriage frères…. Here was the love of welcoming people and of making them feel just happy. Our room was Louix XV style, the little window just below the roof.

They introduced us to Monsieur Durand. Monsieur Durand is already in pension, but is very active. He is fighting with all his energy for the survival of an 11th Century church in the village.

And at the end of the visit, and if you ask him, only if you ask him, he will tell you about the secret of the church.

Because, you see, this church is special. It has energetic properties and healers come from far away to benefit from its positive magnetism. On that morning, some tourists were testing it with two copper pieces. And it worked…

A few kilometers further, the village of Conques had been an important rest area on the way to Sain-Jacques-de-Compostelle. Monks had established a holy place in the 9th Century.

The tiny villages around were pure beauty, and so we decided to stay. And enjoy the warm hospitality of the Aveyron people. And listen to the stories of the life-long projects they were fighting for.

PS: we have left France and are on our way to… Denmark again. Only for a few days. Next week we will change to another continent.


2 Responses to “Aveyron, passion…”

  1. Linh September 22, 2010 at 7:58 am #

    great impressions… 🙂

  2. Kenneth October 3, 2010 at 2:48 pm #

    Very nice to read all these stories. I feel like watching a movie and I am already exited about the Asian continent:-).

    Keep up the nice writing and have fun!

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