Anothe rinteresting thing i learnt during this tour was that those stone rigdes weren´t there for water drainage or so.. Well, in quite a different way anyway then i had assumed. Quite illogical on my part since they were halfway the height of the building. The left picture shows where the input needed to go. The right picture shows where it came...more
The benedictine abbey of Saint-Ferme dominates the complete village. Tours are given in this abbey that last around an hour and are at the moment given in French or English. I really enjoyed the visit. LEarnt much about the abbey although i have no doubt there is much more to discover. From the 15th of june till the 5th of september you can visit...more
The nearest pub to St. Ferme is actually in Pellegrue. It was closed when we finally made it there though.
The only options for getting here is to come by car. We found trains in nearby towns but nothing like that comes to this place. Such a small town of about 350 people I would imagine some bicycle to the next town or maybe even walk. But everyone we saw had a car.
Not normally a small town person, I very much enjoyed my time in this one.
I must say this was the nicest part of the trip. Being here in the southwest of France for a week. I had my reservations about it for so long. But as soon as we arrived we knew we had in fact arrived. I wish we could fully convey the level of our thanks to our hosts for such a great time. Truly the highlight of two years.more
So delicious to have freshly baked bread and croissants for breakfast. And besides, it is the place for all the St. Ferme news, gossip and all that. If you speak french of course. The baker doesn´t speak english. But you can get a long way with handsignals..more
Around Saint-Ferme and the villages around, there are many hiking trails. On the area in front of the abbey, you can find a board that indicates which trails there are, how long they are and where they start.
Of course the most famous one is the route to Santiago de Compostela
I never had given it much thought but while on the tour of the abbey, the guide told us about how the stone masons marked their work. The key-like shape in the right-hand corner of the stone and the sign on the left were done on purpose. That way it was obvious who had delivered which stones. And after counting them, payment followed. Each and...more
Saint Ferme is build around the abbey. Next to the abbey you'll find the major's office and next to that there is the tourist information 'agency' (yes, there is a very small cabin-like place where you can get tourist info). In front of the abbey you'll find this amasing tree.more