"Ambert, little Auvergne city" Ambert by kokoryko
Ambert Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 86 photos
When my friends ask me where I was last summer, when I happen to reply “Ambert”, they say “Ah le pays de la fourme!” The fourme is the name of a local cheese, very well known in France (and elsewhere?), as Fourme d’Ambert (Fourme from Ambert). Oh already wrote 4 times its name, there is not only this delicious blue cow milk cheese; Ambert is a little city at the feet of the mountains, in the Dore valley, between the Monts du Forez and the Monts du Livradois showing nice old houses, some strange buildings, a few museums and the surroundings are almost unspoiled nature, like many parts of Auvergne.
The cheese has even its website
The origin of Ambert is not well known and it appears in History in the 15th century; it seems there were three districts corresponding to three different social actors: the priests and monks, the traders and the “lords”; when the districts widened they merged in one city surrounded by a defensive wall (this wall has disappeared in between). During the end of the 16th century the city suffered from religion wars and was almost destroyed.
During the 18th century the city grows rapidly to a regional trading centre and paper and textile factories develop in the city and nearby valleys; it grows that fast that the defensive wall is destroyed, the trenches filled and replaced by wide boulevards.
In this remote and rural place the French revolution did not have a big impact and Ambert is today almost like at the end of the 19th century.
Ambert is the city of “Les copains”, the friends, a novel from Jules Romains, and “Gaspard des Montagnes” a famous (in France!) picaresque novel from Henri Pourrat, a native Ambertois, has parts of Ambert as background. Ah!, for Don (Nemorino), if he reads this, Emmanuel Chabrier is a native from Ambert, but there is no opera house where his music is played.. . . .Now , Ambert, counting 8000 inhabitants is a rather dynamic little city developing small industries, and tourism becomes an important economic activity for the city and the villages around.
The Ambert I will tell you about is just the city as I can see it (when I carry on my camera, I notice that when I am at “home” I only make photographs of kids, family and friends, and. . I am here in VT since I just left Ambert for some reason and came back there only once in between, with no VT mood. . ) . I will add tips and pictures when I next will visit it. In the last 15 years I was at least once a year here.
Last: Ambert with its fourme could not do less than being a twin-city of Gorgonzola, where another wonderful blue cheese is produced.
I recently found one of my pictures somewhere on the web where it has nothing to do.
It arrived there without permission.
My pictures are far from being works of art, but be kind and ask if you want to use.
Unless otherwise marked, I am the author of the pictures.
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