Cassagnes Comtaux; A flavour of the Aveyron

All travellers that take photographs probably have a number of images which instantly spark a memory, transporting them back to a place, or time. The reasons can be many, but often it’s just that the image seems to typify the destination, this is how this panoramic from Cassagnes Comtaux in the French Aveyron appears. The rolling agricultural countryside, with the …

Photography Tips; A different view in Conques

Exploring a beautiful village like Conques in the Aveyron region of France, with it’s impressive cathedral, picturesque streets, lined with attractive stone houses taking a picture focussing on a fallen leaf probably seems slightly strange. There are plenty of suitable photogenic subjects in the medieval village sited on the famous Camino Le Puy Way pilgrimage route, but the beauty of …

Postcard from Najac; a French ‘beautiful village’

There is something special about the villages of France, many are so lovely they are included on an actual list of France’s most beautiful villages. Maybe only France could have an  Association “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France” but just visit a few and it is becomes obvious they have plenty to shout about. Najac in the Aveyron is a …

Cultural Aveyron; Enchanting Villages and Mystical Castles

It surprised me to discover the Midi-Pyrénées is the largest region in mainland France and is larger than the Netherlands. I visited the Aveyron, tucked away in the South-West of the Massif Central. It is extensively wooded, the deep valleys providing lines of communication between the many towns and villages. The landscape is dominated by deep clefts gouged out by …