If you think mining is something to do with big data, it is time to have a day out at the Puits Couriot.
Before, it was here that miners went underground to dig coal. The site is now a listed Historical Monument and there’s more fun to be had than in the old days. The museum tells the story of the Saint-Étienne’s adventure with coal. The museum pitches you right into the history of the mine with its display rooms and even offers a short trip underground. It’s like being there for real, it shakes you up in every sense of the word. Outside, though, change of atmosphere: When summer comes, it’s time to open the “ginguette”. It gets off to a gentle start with a game of petanque and a local beer, then everyone goers into the park to get warmed up ready for a good bop. Just opposite, all this agitation does not stop the slag heaps from continuing to slowly consume themselves.
All the info on how to get there and what exhibitions to see: www.stephanois-hors-cadre.fr