A chain of 80 extinct volcanoes that is, with the most visited one at Puy-de-Dome in the Auvergne region of (central) France! 😊 If you’re expecting to see something like Taal Volcano, Mount Fuji, Mount Etna or Eyjafjallajökull, well this aint it.
The view at 1,465 above sea level is still impressive eventhough the sun was again shy on the day of our visit. In fact it was downright crappy, cold and wet day with occasional blue sky magically piercing through the clouds.
Bit first… about the road. Our border entry to France from Switzerland (via Geneva) confirmed that there were NO coronavitus checkpoints in place. In fact, no actual border stops at all or guards to be seen. Unlike our usual go-slow road trip on “FREE” roads, this time we decided to take paid TOLL roads through France to save some time. And yup, it’s expensive (I’ll add how much the tolls cost later when at home. We’re on the road. Excuse the typos(.
There are two ways to get to Puy-de-Dome volcano (1) Walk the two trails about an hour and a half uphill (without kids, so you can imagine at least twice that long with kids), or (2) Take the train at Panoramique du Domes at a cost. Guess what we chose.