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Poitou Charentes, Limousin, Aquitaine, Midi-Pyrenées, Auvergne


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The great medieval hall of the Palace of the Dukes of Aquitaine, Poitiers




L' Église Notre Dame la Grande de Poitiers







The Abbey of St-Savin sur Gartempe (east of Poitiers)




Église St-Pierre, Aulnay, South Door detail



South from Poitiers to Perigueux the (very) long way




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Central square in the Bastide of Eymet (between Bergerac and Agen)




The Prophet Jeremiah - famously iconic trumeau sculpture in the Abbeye St-Pierre de Moissac (see map above)


Further south still - around Agen and Moissac





Jumping across to Le Puy-en-Velay (with lunch)


Notre Dame Cathedral, Le-Puy-en-Velay



Travelling West from the Aubrac Pass to Conques via Espalion and the River Lot


Bessuéjouls (pilgrims' church near Espalion)


We actually made our way east from Agen to le Puy but it seemed more useful to talk about the route in reverso as though we were travelling towards Spain - on reflection it was not that clever an idea .....  ah well .....



Villeneuve d'Aveyron






or West from Brioude to Bergerac


Another westerly route could have been slightly higher up - from Brioude via Aurillac, Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, Rocamadour, Martel, Souillac, and Cadouin, to Bergerac.  We did squeeze time to head up and take some photos along this route, but sadly they are still in the green room!



Basilica St-Julien, Brioude


The Basilique de St-Julien in Brioude - an uplifting painted Romanesque experience to end Team Paraxdox's 7 week 2007 Autumn exploration of the great French medieval pilgrimage roads leading to Santiago de Compostela




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