All photographs © Paul Nethercott 1980-2011. All rights reserved

Puy-en-Velays is where the green Puy lentils come from. It is in the volcanic region around Auvergne. There are ranges of extinct volcanos everywhere you look. The town has a terific mediaeval centre, and a huge seven day medieval fair, where it seems at least a quarter of the population wear middle ages clothes all day.