visiting Saint-Sorlin-en-Bugey

My other half decided he wanted to be a tourist for the afternoon and go for a drive out in the countryside.  Our first stop was in a small village where he spent many a happy summer as a child . . . and then he decided to take me to Saint-Sorlin-en-Bugey. 

Saint Sorlin is a small town, population barely more than 1000, in the department of AIN, built beside a very steep cliffside.  Those of you who know anything about France will know that it’s divided into regions and departments and each department has a number, given in alphabetical order and AIN is department 01.

A few photos so you can see why this was a lovely destination for a sunny day.


a café, seen from the town hall, with church spire showing above the roof).


some traditional “town houses” with the cliffs behind.


one of the houses with the “Fresque de Saint Christophe” (16th century)


heading up one of the narrow streets


the 12th century church: Sainte-Marie-Madeleine


a view out over the cliffs


and lots of admiration for some of the doors and shutters on the walk back down.



A lovely historic town to visit, but I don’t think I’d like to live there ^^


5 thoughts on “visiting Saint-Sorlin-en-Bugey

    • it was, but roads too steep and narrow for me to want to live there. I pity the locals who do live there as it’s quite a tourist attraction in the summer.

      • that’s the trouble with beautiful places – we suffer from the “summer complaints” here as well, as tourists were called in the old days. 🙂 Heaven help us if we want to turn left onto the main road this time of year.

  1. Such history and gorgeous architecture – moving to the other end of the country and exploring the surrounds will be like a little holiday for you both, reliving your MOTHS childhood and sharing such wonderful memories.

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