Yesterday in my Instagram feed, we took a look at one of my favorite medieval churches: Saint-Loup-de-Naud. There, we talked a bit about why this very important example of (Romanesque and) Gothic architecture is rarely visited today. In short, while the Provinois region was a bustling commercial and religious center in the Middle Ages, it now lies so far off the beaten track that few tourists have much reason to pass through today (unless they happen to be real fiends for medieval architecture, like I am).
Building on yesterday's exploration of a hidden gem lying off the regular tourist routes, I thought I'd dedicate this entire week to some of France's fabulous hidden treasures. In both these blog posts and my normal Instagram feed, we'll take a look at some truly delightful--but less visited--French monuments and sites that tourists visiting France for the first (or second or even third) time wouldn't have the reason or the time to visit. As I'll explain a bit more below, my goal with these virtual visits is to give you, my intrepid readers, a chance to do some "armchair adventuring" while we're all staying safe at home. But rather than just hitting the major tourist sites in and around Paris, I realized yesterday that I could also introduce you to many other things that you might not have the time, reason, or motivation to see on a "normal" trip to France.
I hope you'll enjoy this little foray into "la France profonde."
The usual caution: the primary venue for this content is the stories feature on my Instagram page. All of the virtual visits will be saved in my story highlights. The purpose of the blog posts is to allow a greater audience (especially those without social media accounts) to benefit from the same content.
With that in mind, let's go (virtual) hiking!