The Burning mountain and the Acacia forest. Part 2

The spa in Cransac, made from acacia wood, and sitting above the town on “la montagne qui brule” is surrounded by the largest acacia forest in Europe. If you  visit “La forêt de la Vaysse” in May  the air is full of the smell of acacia blossom (a glorious mixture of the smell of honey and jasmine) and the sound of the bees working away on the early summer treat acacia honey. Go on a Saturday and you can also treat yourself to some acacia fritters or buy a bottle of the syrup at the local market.



The thermal springs, that have been know since antiquity, became famous throughout France in the 17th century and people still come to take the water, a “cure” can legitimately be prescribed by your doctor.  The “curists” are a much sort after section of the tourist market. Walking through the forest you sometimes see the pipes weaving through the trees taking the precious waters to the spa and even the ground steaming as the mountain “burns”.

The burning mountain


The Mines part 1

musee mine                                                                Where we are in France is very rural and as has been mention has, historically often been overlooked. Its beauty lies in its beautiful rural scenery. But there is another side to the story. The area has sits on a wealth of natural resources including; coal, minerals and thermal springs. Whilst a history of mining is not perhaps such an attraction to tourists as some , it has left its mark, and has helped to make the area what it is today. Our château here in Bournazel might well have fallen into ruins had it not been taken over by the state as a rest home for miners.

Decazeville open mine

The three main towns involved in the mining industry were: Decazeville, Aubin and Cransac.