October 12, 2014

aveyron | conques abbey and la chartreuse monastery

Four out of five blog posts through and it seems like I managed to never put my camera down on my trip to Aveyron, it's hard to believe that I took so many photos in the space of a 48 hour stay. On the second day, we were once again blessed with such beautiful late summer weather. Looking like something popping up straight out of a fairytale and nestled in the middle of a village of just 90 people is Conques Abbey. As a girl who has lived in Norfolk (also known as 'the flat land') for the past six years, being driven through such a winding landscape and seeing huge buildings from different heights and perspectives made the landscape so much more magical in my eyes. 


The Abbey, which dates back to the 12th century, has a great sense of space and light which set it apart from many traditional religious buildings. There's no intricate stained glass windows as you'd expect either as these were designed by Pierre Soulages with the purpose of the giving the building different dimensions of light. There's also a small treasury building which keeps all of the treasure which was rediscovered in the Abbey after the French revolution, I ended up spending rather a long time gazing at all of the different jewels and wanting to make a necklace out of them all. Even if you're not usually a fan of wandering around churches, I really would recommend checking this one out purely on the basis that it shows the beauty of minimal design even in a religious setting. Not to mention how pretty the village of Conques is too.


Back to Villefranche-de-Rouergue, the same town that runs the amazing food market which I blogged about a few days ago, and is something which I will never be able to pronounce. 


There's a monastery named La Chartreuse based just a little way out of the town itself, it was one of the most serene places I've ever visited and really was so fascinating to look around. 


Somewhere between the two villages was this beautiful waterfall which we spotted at just before sunset. I have no idea which settings to put my camera on for when it comes to shooting waterfalls so just imagine it looking ten times better in real life. 



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