French Revelation

8 - 24 May 2018 ~ guided by Sue

 

What will your French revelation be?

 

Join Sue as she shares her love of all things French and reveals some of her favourite places on a very special journey that will begin in the sophisticated city of Lyon, gastronomic capital of France, and end in the enchanting city of Toulouse, known as “La Ville Rose”(the pink city) with its ochre rooftops and blushing brick churches.

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After leaving Lyon you will feast on chocolate, wine and other delights in the Rhone valley before heading to the spiritual peace of Le Puy-en-Velay in the heart of the country, a town renowned for its sacred monuments and for being the starting point of the oldest French route on the Way of St James.  For eight glorious days you will walk from east to west along the le Puy Route, first taken in 950 AD when the archbishop of Le Puy walked to Santiago for the first time. You will walk through the volcanic Auvergne plateau, over valleys and ranges, through pine groves, meadows and picturesque villages, past castles, historical monuments, shrines and ancient bridges to the verdant Lot river valley.

Your journey will finish in the medieval city of Conques, a conclave town where cardinals once convened to choose Popes, one of the most emblematic sites on the road to Compostela.  You will then spend two days in the spectacular ancient pilgrimage site of Rocamadour, an extraordinary village situated on the side of a cliff offering spectacular views over the Dordogne valley. Here you will have the space and time to contemplate all that has been revealed to you on this sacred journey before ending your French Revelation in the rose-tinted sheen of Toulouse, nestled between a bend in the Garonne river and the Canal du Midi.

So dust off your phrase book, put on some French music – “La Vie en Rose” perhaps – and prepare to discover, dream, contemplate, reflect and replenish your spirit in the heart of France. Who knows what will be revealed?

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