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Saint Veran - the highest commune in Europe

A 'commune' is a municipality, and at 2042m Saint-Veran is higher than them all; it's located in the Queyras National Park and was easily reachable by car - though in winter I'm sure it's somewhat more complicated.
Saint Veran map, Hautes Alpes

Here's one view
Saint Veran, Hautes-Alpes, France

Tourism and agriculture are the main sources of revenue in the area; there were many guesthouses and it's popular with hikers in summer, and skiers in winter.

It's population is 290, and about 30 children go to the local school.

The Post Office had the altitude indicated in front - I suppose it's probably the highest Post Office in Europe too
Saint Veran post office, Hautes-Alpes, France

and there were a couple of post boxes embedded in the house walls like this one
Saint Veran post box, Hautes-Alpes, France

The church was very atmospheric, and had these pillars in front - they reminded us exactly of the two lions in front of Chinese temples!
Saint Veran church entrance, Hautes-Alpes, France

a close up - dunno what it's meant to have in its paws. It looks kind of like it's snacking on a baby :-O
Saint Veran church entrance, Hautes-Alpes, France

Here you can see the typical Alpine architecture - stone base and wooden first floor and roof.
Saint Veran street view, Hautes-Alpes, France

We spent a couple of hours there, dozing, strolling and drinking coffee. Once the sun started going down it quickly got chillier - reminding us of the how harsh the mountain climate must be sometimes.

A room with a view - in Provence

A short one to at least update something! Got loads to do this week… :-|

Here is the trip we did in France - it was great! :-)

Road trip France 2009
(click for the Google Map full version)

The nicest place we stayed in was a ‘Chambres d’Hôtes’ (i.e. a B&B en français) – it was called Un Patio en Luberon.

This was our room - called 'Roussillon'
Ansouis, Un patio en Luberon, Chambre Rousillon

and the view from the window
Ansouis, Un patio en Luberon, Chambre Rousillon

It was named after this village, also called Roussillon
Roussillon, Provence

the name of the village is derived from 'rouge' which means 'red' in French, and it is famous for the ochre that is mined there and which colours the buildings

More to come, brief snippets only.