St. Guilhem le Desert – The Village

St. Guilhem is not just any village. It is one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France, AND it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as being part of the Route to Santiago (Chemin de St. Jacques), an ancient pilgrimage route still plied by hiking-booted peregrinos today. Here is our first view of the village.

It has a lively square, filled with restaurants serving traditional French fare – obviously I speak of pizzas and kebabs…

…and an 11th century pilgrims’ church, kitted out with columns looted from Roman ruins, and about 25% of a cloister, much of the rest of which somehow ended up in Manhattan.

And a few random shots for filler:

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