This is one of the most beautiful villages in France (official: on the Plus Beaux Villages de France list!), and probably the one with the most nerve !
Sainte-Croix-en-Jarez is a village with a bit of a cheek, squatting as it does an old 14th century monastery. A large communal square, a church and underground passages; the scene is set. A village with no fuss, kind of lost in the Pilat. As for the protagonists, they came to live here because they prefer their own company. Yet, they still live the communal life, it’s like the neighbours’ festival everyday there. “The world turns, but the cross remains” was the motto of the monks before the Revolution and they got it just right. The cross is still here, but the rest has certainly changed. No more silence and austerity, today it’s drinks with the neighbours, kids playing off-ground tag and visitors are welcome. So, you know what you have to do now…


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