A short walk from our campsite, if we turn right at the end of the drive, is the small village of Abrest with a handful of shops, a La Poste (post office) and Le Mairie (town hall). And at the top of the town, on the crest of the hill that overlooks the Allier river valley, stands a communications tower that’s visible from much of the surrounding area, including the campsite where we’re staying.
On a particularly hot day recently we walked into the village, crossed the road from La Poste towards Le Mairie, cut through the car park and found a path leading up the hill. Since the temperature was in the mid-30s (or mid-90s Fahrenheit) I started to flag as we neared the top of the hill and decided to sit under the shade of a tree and wait for Sean who marched onwards towards the tower. After a while I thought I’d pick myself up and walk to meet him, but just as I rounded the bend there he was walking back towards me, happy to have made it up to the tower and seen the panoramic views of the valley.
Although I missed the tower that day, we returned a couple of days later (via car this time, as we were en route back from the neighbouring village of Le Vernet where we were searching for a non-existent market). It was another glorious afternoon (not quite so swelteringly hot thankfully) with thick clouds filling much of the sky, begging to be photographed.