Xavier and I stopped in Yssingeaux briefly...had to see it again
then on to
Not only is Le Puy known for being a stopover on the The Way of Saint James to Compostele (Chemin de Saint-Jacques de Compostelle), it is also well known for handmade lace and lentils.
These volcanic peaks seem to just shoot out of the landscape....
We parked our car and began the walk up to Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Annonciation, a stopover on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. It was a climb and steeper than it looks!
Just when you think you are at the top, you enter the church and there are more steps.
I thought I was there.....
View from the top
Read here about John Adams journey in 1779, 10 years before he was 2nd President of the USA.
(For this story, scroll down this link to 'history' )
and then think 1779!!
Local granite dominates the architecture....
The lace making fascinated me....
How does one keep track of all these pins and bobbins?
And finally, something we all know about...the green Le Puy Lentils. Les Auvergnats call them 'le caviar végétal'.
Le Puy Lentils
2 CUPS Le Puy LENTILS
DUCK FAT or OLIVE OIL
1 CUP CHOPPED PURPLE ONION
1/2 CUP CHOPPED CELERY
1 CUP FINELY DICED CARROTS
DUCK, CHICKEN, OR VEGETABLE STOCK
Wash lentils in several changes of water. In a large saucepan, heat chosen fat and sauté onions, celery and carrots until tender. Add lentils, and then stock to cover by 1-2 inches. Bring to a simmer and cook for 20 - 30 minutes or tender. Drain if necessary.
Serve with sausages...How about a Toulouse sausage?
NOTE: No need to soak lentils, a good rinsing is all that is necessary. Be careful not to overcook. Too many people put these into the dried ean category and think they need to be cooked for hours. Lentils should be tender with a slight bite and you should be able to separate them with a fork....no mush!