Travel in France – Routes des Verrieres

Day 13 of Travel in France was a combination of walk and the pursuit of glass blowing! I wanted to explore some of the villages on the Routes des Verrières, starting with Claret and its wonderful, small, contemporary museum. The museum has a permanent exhibition about the history of glass and glassmaking, an art practised by the nobility of Sommieres, with attendant privileges, until the French Revolution.

The Halle de Verre in Claret.

Halle de Verre, Claret
Halle de Verre, Claret
Inside the Halle de Verre, Claret
Inside the Halle de Verre, Claret
Old glass
Old glass & reproductions

On the top level of the museum was an exhibition by contemporary women glassmakers. I loved these pieces by Catherine Farge.

Catherine Farge
Catherine Farge
Catherine Farge
Catherine Farge

And these pieces…

Muriel Chene
Muriel Chene

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Claret away from the ‘main’ road is an old village and it is worth taking time to wander through the streets. Oddly, I can’t find any information about the village on the internet.

The church dates from 11C and the stained class, old and contemporary, is lovely.

11C church, Claret
11C church, Claret
Interior of 11C church, Claret
Interior of 11C church, Claret

Stained glass in the church in Claret

Stained glass in the church in Claret
Earlier in the day we walked through Vacquiere, the home to YanVerre.

Decoupes, YanVerre
Decoupes, YanVerre
Vase en Pate de Verre, YanVerre

Sauteyragues, another glassmaking village, originates from a Roman settlement, probably because there was an important north-south route in the area.  I could find no sign of the Romans, or glassmaking, but there is the beautiful 12C church of Saint Martin 

Eglise Saint Martin, Sauteyrargues
Eglise Saint Martin, Sauteyrargues
Eglise Saint Martin, Sauteyrargues
Eglise Saint Martin, Sauteyrargues

Nearby is the 12C church of Notre Dame d’Aleyrac. The photograph below is from a marvellous site. Why is it here, in the middle of fields in a quiet valley? Again I can’t find information on the internet.

Notre Dame d'Aleyrac
Notre Dame d’Aleyrac
Notre Dame d'Aleyrac
Notre Dame d’Aleyrac
Pic St Loup & the Causse d'Orthus from the church
Pic St Loup & the Causse d’Orthus from the church

Valflaunes followed but by now I was tired and couldn’t do it justice, so back to the gîte to sit in the sun with a new book, Val McDiarmid’s Mermaids Singing. A shower, aperitifs with the neighbours, supper and feet up at the end of an eventful day!

Pic St Loup
Pic St Loup
The cliffs of the Causse d'Orthus
The cliffs of the Causse d’Orthus

 

You may be interested in
Halle du Verre, Claret
The Association for the History of Glass
Couloubrines
Sauteyrargues

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