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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
For the more eagle-eyed of you, you will notice that this is the same place as the hotel. Yes, this is a one hotel, one restaurant village. I can't imagine it being especially busy most of the time though. The restaurant does set menus for 16 Euros, rising to 18 Euros on Sundays and Holidays.
They also have A la carte, with Fondue appearing to be a speciality there. As with all French restaurants, A la carte gets quite a bit more expensive. Expect to pay almost 20 euros for a main course.
I got the feeling that things to do outside of your own room in Pussy were probably not that exciting.
This poster was advertising the Pussy Barbeque Dance which was several weeks in the future (yes, I know it is in the past now). This seemed to be a highlight in the Pussy Social calendar.
If you want a peacful place to chillout, then Pussy is the place for you, but if you are after somewhere lively, look elsewhere.
Dress Code: Probably as little as possible...
Although I saw this bus/coach driving through, I didn't see anyone on the bus (other than the driver), and I didn't see any bus stops. So that pretty much agrees with my thought that if you want to go there, you will need to drive there under your own steam. Being so out of the way, you really need your own transport if you want to go anywhere once...more
This is a tiny little village out in the mountains. To this end, it is difficult to find on maps, the roads around it are very narrow and have lots of twists and turns. It takes longer than you may think. I suspect getting there under normal public transport would be almost impossible, and that really you will need your own car (you could go by...more
What to buy:
Whilst this town is most definitely in France, it is also extremely close to the Swiss Border, and it is most definitely a typical Alpine village. This scene almost looks like the front of a Swiss Chocolate Box to me. If you take away the electric fence in front of the cow, it would be a pretty stereotypical shot.
Swiss Milk Chocolate is amongst some of the best in the world, and is well worth buying some in the surrounding area.
What to pay: A little more than the more standard chocolate
If you go and visit Pussy, and then let people know you have been, be ready for unkind speculation as to your motives and your morals ;-) Checkout the following comment I have received below...quartinb Tue Aug 23, 2005 18:24 BST ..ever wonder wha's t the meaning of pussy in french?..and yur the kiss and tell kind are yu?... yu've been to pussy and...more
How are you supposed to know if things are overheating and you need to cool down whilst you're in Pussy? Well somebody had kindly put this big thermometer up on the wall. I was there very early in the morning, so you can see it was still pretty cool, but I'm sure it heats up later in the day. If you do overheat, there are plenty of water troughs...more
I found this warning sign in the middle of the village. It's a little concerning. If you translate the lower half of the sign, it says: "Pussy - Danger of Death, Accessible only by authorised personnel". I had no idea it was so dangerous in Pussy. Perhaps I should have been more careful?Just in case you are wondering, the top half of the sign is...more
Pussy is completely off the beaten path. It's not a place you go to by accident. I suspect it is the same for general amenities there too.
I never quite got to the bottom of exactly how much Pussy had in terms of gas, electricity and water. My suspicion is that they had water and electricity, but probably no gas. If you look at the picture of this house, you will see that there is a huge quantity of wood to burn underneath the house in where most people would keep a car. I suspect that a large percentage of their heating comes from wood burning as most houses had a similar amount of wood stored.
If you do overheat, there seemed to be plenty of water troughs around to jump in to cool your ardour, or to fill up your cars radiator from. These probably exist from a time before running water, although water didn't seem to be too much of a problem there, I guess they must have a lot of snow melt. With the number of plants around, they would need...more
The local residents seem to take great care in the appearance of both their houses and their gardens. This garden had utilised some old mill stones dating back to the 1880's to make a pretty flower display. Most gardens had fruit trees or vegetable gardens growing in them too. There were also plenty of water troughs around to help people water...more
Could this be the Forbidden Fruit? I'm not so sure, but the local residents all tended to have large gardens with plenty of fruit and vegetables growing in, such as grapes, apples, pears and tomatoes. I think people try and be at least partially self sufficient being up in the mountains. The nearest supermarket must be a reasonable distance away,...more