Le Puy-en-Velay

21 07 2011

This was really our starting point in France. The ancient town of Le Puy-en-Velay. Took me a good few weeks after having been there to be able to remember its name. Why did we end up in Le Puy? No idea other than it was a few hours drive from Lyon where we picked up Felicity (Peugeot 207).

We started the day in Lyon having arrived the night before. Lyon itself, no idea. We spent the night in an airport hotel in order to pick up Felicity first thing the next morning. We were very pleasantly surprised by Felicity. Brand spanking new, we got her through the Peugeot Open Europe lease program. So cheap for a new car. Fantabulous.

So, Lyon to Le Puy as seen below. Of course, we had some quirks driving in France for the first time. Excitement was had all around.

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What is Le Puy-en-Velay famous for? Its old cathedral and the chapel on top of a rock. As well as the statue of the Virgin Mary overlooking the town.

Look, lets have some pictures. They are more fun than me waffling.

First, an overview of the town.

Le Puy-en-Velay

Our Lady and the Cathedral

The old Cathedral

Cathédrale Notre-Dame du Puy

Cathédrale Notre-Dame du Puy

The Chapel on the rock, the Saint Michel d’Aiguilhe.

Saint Michel d'Aiguilhe

Chapel on the Rock

And the Statue of the virgin Mary. Its hollow, and you can climb the whole interior, right into the head. Scary but fun.

Notre-Dame de France

All in all, a really interesting, historic and fun place to start a road trip through South West Europe.

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Gibraltar

25 06 2011

Wow, doesn’t time fly. It was more than a year ago we reached Gibraltar. 19th April 2010 to be precise. Why we wanted to visit I really don’t know, I doubt it was more than just wanting to visit the tiny country, as well as hopefully enjoying some decent English style fish and chips. So, visit we did. Staying the night on the Spanish side in La Linea. Taking the but across the border into Gibraltar proper the next morning.

Obviously the famous Rock of Gibraltar features heavily in the images. So, I’ll just post an image wall and let you look. Remember, click and you can get big high quality images. Enjoy.

Gibraltar

Gibraltar

The Rock

The Rock

Who, Me?

Just Chillin

Monkey

Rock'n'Monkey

Leave me alone, I'm sleepy

The End of Europe

Port of Gibraltar

So, what did we think? Very pleasantly surprised. Hopefully some more pics soon, but the whole town/country felt like a small English town transplanted into the tropics. It was hot, sunny and beautiful, but still with that English look and feel. Peclulair and amazing. Go Visit.