Southwest France - May 2007

Villages of Southwest France

Photos by Walt & Gloria Fogler-Mancini


The charming places we’re thinking of as villages are small towns in a rural setting.  They may or may not be important now, but many have been important in the past.  Their current prosperity often depends upon tourism and often they have modernized with that in mind.

There are many places such as Chauvigny, Périgueux and St. Émilion that are well known for different reasons.

St. Martin de Ré is the capital of the Île de Ré and as a port, is a bit more than a village.

The foothills of the Pyrénees were on the pilgrimage route to Spain.  The villages were very important for travelers in the 12th to 14th centuries.  There are still travelers as well as newer developments. 

Though much further north and remotely located, the village of Conques was recommended in the pilgrimage guides as a good place to stay and Charlemagne came.

The mill town of Millau has been changed by the construction of the Millau Viaduct, the tallest vehicular bridge in the world (1125 feet).

The village of Les Vans is well known by friends who have vacationed there. 

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April 2008                                                                                                                                                                       wgfm

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