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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