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Road Trip

My wife and I have just re­turned from a three week hol­i­day in France. We in­tended to take our time in trav­el­ling to the Haute-loire dé­parte­ment of the Au­vergne and in­spired by your Road Trip ar­ti­cle in that area (Novem­ber 2017, is­sue 230) we de­cided to spend two nights in Peyrat Le Château.

We man­aged to book a room in La Car­avelle Lo­gis over­look­ing the very beau­ti­ful Lac De Vas­sivière. I en­close a pho­to­graph of the lake taken from our bed­room win­dow (the storm did ap­pear later). Our visit later in the trip to Aubus­son was a de­light­ful sur­prise as well. This is an area we had passed through on many oc­ca­sions, with­out know­ing what we were miss­ing. The lake is used by many peo­ple both for swim­ming and other wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties as it cov­ers a very large area. We were un­able to take the train around the lake, though, as we were too early in the sea­son - some­thing to go back for! Fred Skelly, Bide­ford, Devon

Lay­ers of Mem­o­ries

I started work in Lon­don on the 31 Au­gust 1951 at the Bourne and Hollingsworth de­part­ment store in Ox­ford Street. I worked on the ground floor at the front and was amazed to see a line of Bre­ton onion sell­ers (Au­gust 2018 is­sue 239) cycling down the street at 9am most morn­ings. An­other mem­ory is of the very el­derly Queen Mary vis­it­ing Pathé House just op­po­site the store. Jac­que­line Buck, Nébian, France

ABOVE: Storm brew­ing over Lac de Vas­sivière

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