We left Bize this morning just as the sun was starting its day, found pockets of rain and traffic, and arrived in Rodez shortly after 10:00. Maryse and Claude wanted to see an exhibit at the Musée Fenaille, and we thought we’d also explore the town a bit and have lunch before heading to our hotel in Saint-Geniez-d’Olt.
The exhibit was fantastic, but the wonders didn’t stop there. The museum is located in a set of houses that are connected around a central courtyard, which is now roofed in glass and used as part of the museum’s permanent exhibit. The houses were constructed between the 13th and 17th centuries, and have a wealth of architectural details spanning that time period, most of them in remarkable condition.
The Auvergne is famous for its Lauze roofs. I had to do some digging to understand the difference between Lauze and Ardoise, which we see more of near where I live. It turns out that they’re both slate; Ardoise is finer and thinner, while Lauze pieces are thicker and a little irregular.
We enjoyed exploring the old center of Rodez, which has a rich mélange of architectural history. Then we returned to our cars and made the beautiful drive past ruined castles and grazing cattle, to our stay for two nights, Saint-Geniez-d’Olt.