In your race south to Biarritz or to the Rhône Valley to the Riviera, you'll pass through the Massif Central. This is the most undiscovered part of France, much of the region wild, mountainous, even inaccessible and not arable. Here you'll find ancient cities, lovely valleys, and wonderful provincial cuisine. With its rolling farmlands, countryside, and châteaux and manor houses (many of which you can stay and dine in), this is one of the most unspoiled parts of France -- your chance to see a life too rapidly fading.

From the spa at Vichy to the volcanic puys of the Auvergne, the Massif Central offers much of interest and much to learn about the art of good living. We begin in George Sand country, in the province of Berry, and proceed to the Auvergne Limousin.