Weekly Photo Challenge: Through

Finally inside, I look at the city of Le Puy-en-Velay through the cathedral’s massive archway.

Many years ago I traveled to central France to the beautiful region of Auvergne to visit future in-laws in the small city of St. Flour, which according to the locals, was situated on the edge of an ancient lava flow. The summer of 1997 was a really special time for me as this was the year that I visited France for the first time. After traveling to the beautiful city of Paris and Versailles, we set out to the east coast towards Brittany (to the coastal towns of Dinard, Dinan and St. Malo) and Normandy (to visit Mt. St. Michel) and then made our way south to Carnac to explore the mysterious monolithic stones erected there. From there it was off to central France to visit Clermont Ferrand via the scenic Loire Valley route.

The end of our “pilgrimage” led us to the Cathédrale Notre Dame du Puy-en-Velay.

It was here that I first stumbled upon Le Puy-en-Velay, a beautiful and very old city filled with fine Romanesque cathedrals and churches. It was such a long time ago but I vividly remember climbing steep steps to the pinnacle of an ancient volcanic formation. It was an exhausting climb but well worth it. I think this is where the cathedral was perched upon but I could be wrong. If any readers can refresh my memory, please chime in.

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