The  French Jura is located in the east of France and separated from Switzerland by the Jura mountain chain, known as the Haut-Jura.  My home town of Saint-Claude can be seen in the bottom right-hand corner.

 

Saint-Claude has a spectacular setting at the foot of the Jura mountains. It’s considered to be the gateway to the Haut-Jura.

Saint-Claude was built around the confluence of the rivers Tacon and Bienne.

Built astride the River Bienne Saint-Claude is a town of bridges. This one ‘le pont de pierre’ is a favourite suicide bridge.

In the past Saint-Claude was a world-renowned pipe-making and diamond-cutting centre.

The pipe and diamond museum with its automats is well worth a visit.

Built during the 14th and 15th centuries the austere Saint-Pierre cathedral’s fortified walls are four metres thick.

Just outside the town is a challenging nine-hole golf course offering magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.

The historic carnival of les Soufflaculs takes place in April every year.  The bellows are used to blow away the devil lurking under women’s skirts.  Understandably most of the women present take the precaution of wearing trousers!

The Jura is a region of magnificent lakes …

… not to mention its mountains, rivers and vast forests.

The wines of the Jura are barely known outside France. They are, however, of rare quality with a distinctive ‘flinty’ taste.

A selection of fine Jura wines to complement the local ‘Comté’ cheese.

Poulet au vin jaune – chicken cooked in the local yellow wine is a delicious Jura speciality.

A winter scene. The Haut-Jura is a cross-country ski-ing paradise.