This is the Pussy War Memorial. I like to hope that the four items around the outside are artillery shells. The Memorial was commemerating war dead. I was quite surprised to see a war memorial in a village as small as Pussy. This one seemed to be particularly commemorating people who died fighting in the French Resistance, rather than the usual soldiers.
Note:- France was occupied for a large part of the last world war, so a lot of people living in France fought back in secret as part of an underground movement, which was known as the French Resistance.
Pussy is just big enough to have its own church. I didn't find out its name. It isn't anything special to look at either, but it is the largest building in the village and a bit of a focal point.
The village square is just beside it, and the hotel/restaurant is by this square too.
The church is more at the beginning of the village, and the village is quite long and thin. It is at the lower part, to visit the rest of the village, you have to start walking up steep hills.
If you aree in Pussy and you don't have a vehicle, I should imagine you don't have a lot to do apart from chill out or go for walks.
This picture gives you some idea of the sort of scenery you can expect to see. You can imagine that your walk will consist of some fairly steep slopes in places. Indeed just walking around the village you go up and down quite a few steepish slopes.
The Pussy Torrent. You may wonder how I could be so sure of the name of this stream, when it wasn't signed in any way. Well again the internet comes to hand. Drilling down into Multimap shows that this little stream is the Torrent de Pussy: http://www.multimap.com/map/browse.cgi?client=public&X=718000.955401565&Y=5678000.32799977&width=500&height=300&gride=718494.955401565&gridn=5678199.32799977&srec=0&coordsys=mercator&db=FR&addr1=&addr2=&addr3=pussy&pc=&advanced=&local=&localinfosel=&kw=&inmap=&table=&ovtype=&zm=0&in.x=8&in.y=9&scale=25000
A local sign seemed to imply that white wwater rafting may be done here. Somehow I have my doubts, certainly in summer, as there is just not enough water.
This is a stereotypical house in Pussy (and indeed in a large part of the Alpine region). Most of them conform to this mould which is a bit like a ski chalet too. It makes for a very pretty little town.
As with the Cow Photo, this picture wouldn't look too out of place on a Swiss Chocolate Box. I expect they have very good insulation for the winter times which must be pretty harsh. Again you can see a large quantity of wood for burning stored under the house.
I don't believe this oven is used in anger these days, but it certainly looks like it may be used for barbeques and the like. It was originally set up for the villagers to share so they had access to cooking facilities. Particularly for cooking things such as bread around the time of the middle ages. The ovens were normally owned by the local Lord of the Manor, and the villagers would pay to use them. Apparently this sort of community venture was needed for the people to be able to survive in the mountains, which I can imagine are pretty inhospitable during the mountains. I've got to say that there didn't appear to be a bun in the oven whilst I was there...