Perouges: The Medieval Village in France
Even fifteen hundred years ago, people immigrated and brought their culture with them in the backs of donkeys and leather shoulder bags.
Perouges is named after the Gallic wanderers that founded it from Perugia in Italy. and with its low stone buildings and flagstone walkways, it has managed to escape many of the changes since that time.
Driving in is entering another world and you peek around corners looking for gnarled peasants and flying slop jars.
Yes it’s a little off the beaten path safely up the hillside, about 30 minutes from Lyon, but it’s definitely worth a morning’s visit as the wonderful smells of baking seem to escape from almost every shop front.
Perouges used to be a booming textile town. Most of those who settled here were craftsmen and quite a number were linen weavers. a medieval walled town perched on a small hill overlooking the Ain River in the eastern part of France, close to Lyon.
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