The weather says that it will rain for the next 8 days, so I forced Janet to go for a hike
with me and the dog. I was going to take more pictures, but the battery on the camera
was weaker than I thought. So here's a picture of St. Robert. We walked around the entire valley. The country side is like this. Villages clinging to hill tops and entire
worlds in each valley with forests, fields, streams and marshes at the bottom.
St. Robert is a very beautiful village. A very well preserved medieval place.
The Romanesque church was an important abbey dating back to the 1100's.
The village has very little to remind you of the modern world. Ruined walls surround it, there are two chateaux from different periods. Great houses with courtyards in the village and what new construction there is, has to be done in harmony with
with the rest of the village. This is at the edge of the Correze and the look here is grey limestone with slate roofs. There is some yellow limestone for the fancier buildings as it was quarried far away and very expensive. A lot of the fancy lintels and carved stone details on the more wealthy buildings are done in yellow limestone. Also on the walk, we passed the Miraculous Fountain of St. Maurice. I wanted to photograph that, perhaps I'll take a camera on my next bike trip here. The fountain is a spring in a grotto in a hillside. The rock around the grotto is carved with inscriptions and designs from around 1100 ad. In the grotto is a carved stone sarcophagus that must contain the remains of St. Maurice. According to the legend, St. Maurice was martyred around 300 ad. It's in a rather remote place and if you don't know about it, you would probably never go there. I tried to find out about St. Maurice as there are a number of Cafes and Distillers in the region who seem to evoke him as a patron saint. Why is St. Maurice the patron saint of alcohol consumption and its manufacture? I must find the answer!
Our walk was about two hours long and we met some horses.
Here they are!