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Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

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3 Must-sees in Aveyron

Aveyron is a land that echoes with the past. Every densely wooded gorge and valley, every

ancient bastide town and every winding road seems to whisper of the footsteps of pilgrims

making their way south, of Romans and rebellious Gauls or of Knights Templars, thundering

across the plateaux. It’s a place where you’ll find picture-postcard-pretty medieval villages,

historic towns, rolling valleys and vast canyons where rivers roam and forests reach to the

sky. Here you’ll find authentic markets, ancient churches clinging to rocky cliffs and divine

cathedrals with soaring towers. There are ancient castles and museums galore, it’s a land that’s

rich in natural beauty, as well as cultural and spiritual. We picked just 3 of the many must-sees

in Aveyron:

Conques This is a village with an inescapably

spiritual feel, with its towering masterclass in

Romanesque engineering and architecture

(the Abbey of St. Foy) and the very tangible

memory of the weary feet of pilgrims, shuffling

along the well-worn streets. The village has

a genuine sense of hushed reverence with

its medieval walls, slate roof tops, forgotten

gates, time worn 11th century fountains,

narrow, cobbled streets and views that

leave you in stunned and silent awe and

contemplation. Read more about Conques

Belcastel

Conques

Belcastel The village is well deserving of

its “plus beaux villages de France” status

because, yet again, here is a place in the

Aveyron that is shockingly beautiful, with the

gentle tumble of water from the River Aveyron

in the background and its steep, cobbled

streets leading up to the castle. If you’ve got

the time, have lunch at the Vieux Pont (a

Michelin star restaurant in the village) and

then walk off your indulgences with the climb

(and it really is a climb) up to the castle.

Rodez

Rodez which is certified as a “grand site Midi

Pyrénées and “pays d’art et d’histoire” is a

city which, like so many in France really seems

to enjoy mixing the old and the new whether

that’s in terms of art, architecture, gastronomy

or culture. A small city which clings to the

last of the mountains of the Massif Central

and dozes quietly 600 metres above sea

level. It was originally two cities and is ever so

slightly disjointed, with two city squares and a

heady combination of gothic and renaissance

architecture, hand in hand with the ultramodern

Musée Soulages. Read more about

Belcastel and Rodez.

The Good Life France | 47

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