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Discover the country of art, history
and food...

Welcome to the very centre of France!


My site is built on the following three pillars, reflecting the French attitude to life:

  • bien vivre - Living well - making the most of life: discovering a multitude of activities and markets to explore for health and pleasure - read more
  • bien-être - Wellbeing: highlighting the benefits of the different thermal waters in the region and the many other life-enhancing experiences these spa towns have to offer - read more
  • bien choisir - Choosing well: whether it is finding an affordable property with that something special either to purchase or for a holiday let (gites and chambres d'hôtes), or simply finding a good restaurant , artists or craftspeople - read more

As this is very much a voyage of discovery and a work in progress, I hope you will be a regular visitor to Selection du Terroir and be encouraged to visit the Auvergne in general and the Allier in particular.

I do hope that you will enjoy this journey with me.

A bientôt,


Saint Priest en Murat

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"Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es." [Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are]. This phrase was penned in 1826 by a french writer, Anthelme... read more   There are many ways to enjoy a sense of wellbeing. The French have always valued the healing and uplifting waters of their Thermal stations and the Auvergne has... read more   There was a very good reason that the former kings of France chose to live in the centre of France. The region of Auvergne has many hidden gems waiting to... read more


site index

discovering Auvergne
Allier - Cantal -Puy de Dome - Haute Loire
things to do and to see
sports - outdoor activities

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Discovering the thermal towns
Map of thermal towns
Thermal spas

  • Destress
  • Detox
  • Revitalize
  • Recuperate
  • Rejuvenate
  • Weightloss

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Houses for sale
Hollidays - selected Gites - B&B's - Camping sites
Artists, Arts & Crafts
Restaurant suggestions
Information you need when moving to France
Buying a house
Medical - carte vitale
Driver's license
Starting a small business