Limousin, France – Day 5


If it’s Tuesday,  it must be Collonges-la-Rouge. What the heck is that ?,  you may ask.

Selected as the target for a visit from yours truly this beautiful medieval village, some eighty kilometers from our gite, is listed as one of the “Most Beautiful Villages Of France” and is entirely built from a red sandstone which comes from the Habitarelle massif.

Collonges-la-Rouge, Correze, France - A hint at what makes this one of the most beautiful villages in France
Collonges-la-Rouge, Correze, France – A hint at what makes this one of the most beautiful villages in France
Collonges-la-Rouge, France - Saint-Pierre church's steeple and other roof features
Collonges-la-Rouge, France – Saint-Pierre church’s steeple and other roof features
Collonges-la-Rouge, France - quaint streets
Collonges-la-Rouge, France – quaint streets
Collonges-la-Rouge, France - Le Chat
Collonges-la-Rouge, France – Le Chat
Collonges-la-Rouge, France - Street view
Collonges-la-Rouge, France – Street view
Collonges-la-Rouge, France - detail from eatery.
Collonges-la-Rouge, France – detail from eatery.

After exploring the various streets and alleyways we had lunch although not in the establishment featured above. The meal was as usual, very relaxed and delicous and was accompanied by the unusual “Moutarde Violette” which is made by combining mustard with a red grape mash. The version that we were eating is produced at Turenne, just a few kilometers away from Collonges. We enjoyed it so much that we purchased a jar to bring home.

Collonges-la-Rouge, France - A local inhabitant
Collonges-la-Rouge, France – A local inhabitant

We, of course, visited the Church of  St-Pierre. The contruction of which was started during the 11th century. Further additions and modifications were made throughout the 14th and 15th Centuries and the church was fortified during the 16th century. Hence many different styles can be observed both inside and out.

Collonges-la-Rouge, France - Saint-Pierre church entrance detail
Collonges-la-Rouge, France – Saint-Pierre church entrance detail

Unusual for Collonges, the entrance way is decorated with white limestone, from nearby Turenne, although it is tinted with the red sandstone dust.

Collonges-la-Rouge, France - Stained-Glass from Saint-Pierre church
Collonges-la-Rouge, France – Stained-Glass from Saint-Pierre church
Collonges-la-Rouge, France - Saint-Pierre church detail
Collonges-la-Rouge, France – Saint-Pierre church detail
Collonges-la-Rouge, France - Saint-Pierre church's steeple
Collonges-la-Rouge, France – Saint-Pierre church’s steeple
Collonges-la-Rouge, France - view
Collonges-la-Rouge, France – view
Collonges-la-Rouge, France - Happy window
Collonges-la-Rouge, France – Happy window
Collonges-la-Rouge, France - Through the arch
Collonges-la-Rouge, France – Through the arch
Collonges-la-Rouge, France - Archway
Collonges-la-Rouge, France – Archway
Collonges-la-Rouge, France - Twin turrets.
Collonges-la-Rouge, France – Twin turrets.
Collonges-la-Rouge, France - It's that butterfly again.
Collonges-la-Rouge, France – It’s that butterfly again.
Collonges-la-Rouge, France
Collonges-la-Rouge, France
Collonges-la-Rouge, France - Main street.
Collonges-la-Rouge, France – Main street.
Collonges-la-Rouge, France - Leather Workshop
Collonges-la-Rouge, France – Leather Workshop
Collonges-la-Rouge, France - One of the more remote properties.
Collonges-la-Rouge, France – One of the more remote properties.
Collonges-la-Rouge, France - Another roofline shot
Collonges-la-Rouge, France – Another roofline shot
Collonges-la-Rouge, France - Another roofline shot
Collonges-la-Rouge, France – Another roofline shot
Collonges-la-Rouge, France - Quiet streets
Collonges-la-Rouge, France – Quiet streets

After leaving Collonges our route took us past Turenne. We opted not to visit on this occasion, just stopping to take a couple of quick snaps from afar before heading home to the gite.

Turenne, France
Turenne, France
Turenne, France
Turenne, France

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