|The cathedral where pilgrims still visit|
|This capital at the top of a column in the cloister dates from the 1200s.|
|Church on volcanic rock|
|Lace for sale|
Puy-en-Velay is notable for its religious sites, but it is also a centre of the lace industry. We found it to be a lively town with lots of cafés and shops; when we visited, there was also an extensive flea market. We would have liked to stay longer, but we had quite a lot of driving to do before we reached our hotel for the night in the Saint-Four area. It was a modest cottage for a good price, which we matched with a modest dinner at a local grill.
|Walking to the old part of town.|
|The view from the bridge in Estaing|
|The medieval bridge at Estaing|
Those blue skies arrived for our second stop at Conques, another site for pilgrims on the French Camino. This village is like a picture postcard, so quaint and charming, you would think no one lived there. The church is a very holy site. We saw a large number of pilgrims headed that way as we drove toward Conques. (We saw very few in Puy-en-Velay.)
|Inside the pilgrim's church at Conques|
|At the wishing well in the cloister at Conques|
|Ecclesiastical art piece|
|The Lot valley.|
Full, we returned to our hotel for the night.