We chance upon one of the 'most beautiful French villages'

@JudyEv (123138)
Bunbury, Australia
July 24, 2017 1:03am CST
Today, while searching around for good places to take photos of the amazing Millau viaduct, we chanced across the little village of Peyre. This is touted, with good reason, as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Just east of Millau, it is built on the side of a colossal rock above the banks of the river Tarn. Ancient tribes dug caves and caverns out of the rock and large numbers of primitive tools and weapons have been found there. The buildings seem to climb up the rock on which they are built. An ancient church, dedicated to St Christopher, has been created in one of the caves, the bell tower leans against the rock behind it. It still has its stained glass windows although a newer church has now been built in the town. The streets are mostly steps and stairs and tourists are directed to a ‘parc obligataire’. They then walk back to the town itself. The damaged entrance to the old church was restored in 1609. We viewed an art and sculpture exhibition while we were there and met an English couple in a little café where we stopped for a coffee. A small group of accordionists and violinists entertained the visitors and loaves of bread had been cooked in an ancient oven on the main street. We bought a jar of apricot jam from the cafe too. I’m sure it will be delicious. I didn’t know quite who to admire most – those who built the church and houses against the rock or those who were responsible for the fabulous Millau viaduct. The village is a great spot from which to take photos of the viaduct. The photo shows the church which spreads along the rock face rather than out into the street. A massive lump of something similar to limestone protrudes out into the body of the church. I’ll post a photo of that in one of my responses.
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@LadyDuck (156721)
• Switzerland
24 Jul
I do not know for which reason this is considered one of the most beautiful villages in France. It is a nice villages, but there are so many beautiful villages in France, among my favorites Grasse, Gourdon, Coaraze, the choice is vast.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Jul
We've seen prettier too but if you can be a bit unique in some way, I guess it helps bring in the tourist dollar.
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@LadyDuck (156721)
• Switzerland
24 Jul
@JudyEv May be the fact that it is "different" makes it an attraction.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Jul
@LadyDuck I think many people go for the unusual or bizarre.
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@teamfreak16 (41149)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
24 Jul
Stunning photo. I love those little European towns and villages.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Jul
Some are amazing. Here is another photo from within the church.
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@teamfreak16 (41149)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
24 Jul
@JudyEv - Looks like it would make a nice eatery.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Jul
@teamfreak16 It would at that.
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@dpk262006 (56115)
• Delhi, India
24 Jul
The picture is awesome, it tells that place is very ancient and there are ruins. Do you love to visit such historical places?
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Jul
Yes, I do and everything over here seems to be ancient. It's all fascinating to us.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Jul
@dpk262006 That looks well worth a visit too, Have you been able to go there?
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@dpk262006 (56115)
• Delhi, India
25 Jul
@JudyEv Yes, Luckily I have been there not once but thrice.
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
24 Jul
I'm curious to know what the ancient oven looks like. Do you happen to have a picture of it?
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Jul
Not a good photo but behind the musicians is a cave-like opening and the oven is just a platform at the back with a fire built on it.
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
25 Jul
@JudyEv That's interesting. I was wondering because I saw a documentary about different kinds of traditional ovens. I remember some were made from mud.
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@dollaboy (6232)
24 Jul
So pretty and breath taking
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Jul
It was a lovely little town and there was a great view of the viaduct from there.
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@dollaboy (6232)
25 Jul
@JudyEv thanks Judy Evans
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@JohnRoberts (56667)
• Los Angeles, California
24 Jul
That's amazing being built into the rock face. Reminds me of adobe Indian ruins in the US like Mesa Verde.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Jul
They must be amazing too. I'd love to see them sometime.
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@Juliaacv (30223)
• Canada
24 Jul
Your picture and description sound like a beautiful little out of the way place.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Jul
We sometimes have a half-hearted grumble if we're expected to walk too far but it's good for us really. And I can't think of any occasion when the walking wasn't worth the effort.
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@sol_cee (15323)
• Japan
24 Jul
Picturesque...
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Jul
It is certainly that.
@drannhh (15226)
• United States
24 Jul
Splendid! What a wonderful place to visit.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Jul
We had no idea what to expect so it was a lovely surprise.
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@responsiveme (16013)
• India
24 Jul
You are right...It's awesome.have to put it on my must see list.thanks for the photo and enjoy your trip
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Jul
I guess you have quite a long list of things to see?
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@dwstory (1082)
• Roseburg, Oregon
24 Jul
I would loveto go there and see that French village..
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Jul
It's a very pretty place.
@Neiltarquin (1093)
• Rass, Saudi Arabia
26 Jul
Nice photos, thanks for sharing...
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Jul
I'm glad you enjoyed them.
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• Rass, Saudi Arabia
27 Jul
@JudyEv Wish we could have more
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Jul
@Neiltarquin It's a shame we can only put up one at the time. When we get home I might do some YouTube slideshows.
@Tracy04 (10754)
• Malaysia
25 Jul
I had a good read. Have a nice day!
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Jul
I'm glad you're enjoying travelling with me.
@Tracy04 (10754)
• Malaysia
25 Jul
@RubyHawk (24913)
• Atlanta, Georgia
25 Jul
The village sounds very interesting and the picture unbelievable. It must be one of a kind.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Jul
The stained glass windows were lovely too, It makes a nice gallery now,
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@RubyHawk (24913)
• Atlanta, Georgia
26 Jul
@JudyEv I can imagine how lovely it is.
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@Hannihar (35848)
25 Jul
Very nice photo. I see you like to take pictures of your trips too. I love the memories.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Jul
We have each taken hundreds of photos. They will be nice to look back on,
@Hannihar (35848)
25 Jul
@JudyEv Yes, it is nice to have memories.
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@Butchcass4 (6031)
• United States
24 Jul
Wow it all sounds so wonderful! I've never been out of the United States and unless God moves me to I probably won't so thank you ever so much for sharing the beautiful photo and the description of your experiences there.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Jul
It's nice to think I have myLot friends travelling with me and enjoying my stories, Have a great day,
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• United States
29 Jul
@JudyEv Yes I really enjoyed the picture and the post about it. So glad you had a wonderful time.
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@just4him (116693)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
24 Jul
Very interesting about the village. Fascinating church and architecture using the rock face to dig out caves in it.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Jul
Building on such a site must have been a nightmare.
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@just4him (116693)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
24 Jul
@JudyEv I can imagine it was. Not my kind of building project.
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26 Jul
Amazing! A church carved into the rock.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Jul
It was amazing. I was blown away thinking about how hard it would have been to construct such a building.
@TheHorse (65609)
• Pleasant Hill, California
24 Jul
It looks beautiful. Is the older church still usable?
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Jul
It is being used as a gallery. There were paintings and sculptures there when we were there.
@Kandae11 (36798)
24 Jul
Awesome!. I can just imagine what a wonderful sight that was.
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@JudyEv (123138)
• Bunbury, Australia
24 Jul
How they ever managed to build stone buildings against the rock I can't imagine. Here is a photo of the main part of the church with the big boulder that pokes out into it.