Monday, October 18, 2010

Auvergne Volcanic Regional Nature Park #4 ...

... the Santoire river ...
  
... gorges de la Santoire  - Cantal department
- Auvergne region in south-central France ...
   
... Saint-Bonnet de-Condat - the rocks above the village are
  basaltic and phonolitic volcanic organs, they remind us that, 
  originally, Cantal was in fact one huge volcano ...
source: stbonnetdecondat.free.fr
  
... viaduc de Saint-Saturnin (1905) in the Santoire Valley ...
 by en.structurae.de 
Railroad bridge - height 37 m - total length : 206 m
Part of: Bort-les-Orgues - Neussargues Railroad Line (km 497.64)

  
... built entirely of basaltic rocks, it allowed the railroad
to begin the climb to the Col de Claviere (alt. 1082 m.
and the highest point of the line) before arriving
at the station Landeyrat ...
source: stbonnetdecondat.free.fr

  
... Gentiane Express ... (FR)
 by gentiane-express.com 
... site officielle - train touristique de la Haute-Auvergne ...
  
... Chapelle Valentine - Ségur-les-Villas ...
... charming little chapel, perched on a promontory
of basalt that dominates the Santoire Valley ...
  
 source: stbonnetdecondat.free.fr
      
...the establishment of the 'Chapelle de Valentine'
dated 13th century. It was completely rebuilt in 1854.
Remnants of its history remain the bell (1653),
a confessional, and some statues. The oldest evidence
is the tympanum with the coat of arms of the
family d'Estaing dating from the 14th century ...
source: petit-patrimoine.com
  
... Salers cow with cowbell ... 
   
... the Salers cattle ... (EN) 
... a very remote and mysterious origin ... 
    
... is a breed of cattle which originated in Cantal
 in the Massif Central of France ...

source: en.wikipedia.org...

counter