This is the view from a roadside stop on the road from Millau to Clermont-Ferrand.
Puy after puy
The surrounding countryside is filled with rows and rows of former volcanoes.
View of the countryside while walking up Puy-de-Dome.
Auberge des Gros Manaux
In 2011 the railway/tram up Puy-de-Dome was still being constructed, so we had to walk up the mountain. This is a view down to our starting point.
Don't leave the beaten paths
Those who can read French will discover that the soil is young and fragile so you should keep to the paths... others will need to guess from the image.
Map of Puy-de-Dome
Dennis at summit of Puy-de-Dome
The summit has alpine vegetation. Because it is the first substantial obstacle to weather coming from the Atlantic, its vegetation is equivalent to a mountain of 3000m even though it's only 1465m high.
Vegetation near Chemin de Muletiers
Lower slopes of Puy-de-Dome
View from our hotel room in Orcival
Basilica of Orcival
Basilica of Notre-Dame du Port, Orcival
Orcival Basilica tower