Third Café of Europe in Royat-Chamalières

“Travel, other paths through Europe: Journeys and memory” Thursday 14 November 2013 from 2pm to 6:30pm Théâtre of the Casino in Royat-Chamalières, France


Organised by the Royat-Chamalières Tourist Office with the participation of “Il Faut Aller Voir, Rendez-Vous du Carnet de Voyage” association, this third edition of the Cafés of Europe addressed the theme of Travel. The event consisted of two round tables about the various forms of travel literature and its role in transmitting creative perspectives to further European people’s each other knowledge of their differences and relations. 


The first round table was entitled: “Alternative ways of travelling, relation to the other and to time”. This exchange has been led by Michel RENAUD, Vice-President of the “Il faut aller voir” Association and creator of the “Les Rendez-Vous du Carnet de Voyage” event. Through the converging views of Damien ROUDEAU, designer, Bastien DUBOIS, producer of the short film “Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage”, nominated for the Oscars in 2011, and Elsie HERBESTEIN, travelogue author and designer, this round table discussed the variety of forms that travel books can take. The presentations were illustrated in images by film extracts and slides of drawings. 

The second round table was entitled: “Memories of the World: what would become of travel without books, pictures and travel books?” Travel books, in whatever form, are indispensable archives for the progression of knowledge of Europe as well as the world,replica watches from an historical as well as sociological perspective.  Marc WILTZ, author of the book “Le Tour du Monde en 80 livres” (Around the World in 80 Books), and Director of Editions Magellan gave the floor to writers, photographers and directors, all with a passion for travel, who showed an interest in Travel Literature and the evolution of stories, at a time when travelers can speak of their journeys in real time via social networks. Through a filmed interview, Katia CHAPOUTIER, writer and Producer for the Des Racines et des Ailes magazine, spoke about the Jerusalem case through her book "Lost in Jerusalem." Nadine Laporte, writer, talked about the great writer and traveler, Nicolas Bouvier. Finally, Françoise Dubosclard of the Transfo, the agency in charge of Art and Culture in Auvergne, presented the website "France seen by writers."


Les Virées du Sancy 

In order to put this event into context within the Cafés of Europe series organised by the Spa Towns involved in the European project, “Sources of Culture”, the organisers have appealed to three tour guides.  All year round, they run guided tours of the Spa Towns Royat-Chamalières and the Sancy spa towns in Belle Époque dress, in order to create an original setting, purposefully out of step and full of humour.

Speakers and participants of this 3rd Café of Europe were welcomed by:
- Hortense de Rocham (Elsa Schneider-Manuch, guide at the Tourism Office of  Royat-Chamalières) 
- Charlotte de la Tronchette (Agnès Bertet, Virées du Sancy Association)
- Joséphine de la Renardière (Pascale Chappot, Virées du Sancy Association)

You can watch the videos by clicking here: 

Il Faut Aller Voir (IFAV)

Founded in 1998, the association “Il Faut Aller Voir” (IFAV) is a group of about forty people attached to the discovery of other cultures and new horizons, a way of traveling which favors autonomy and independence, an opportunity to step away from traditional tourism in favor of a man-centered approach, discovery, and respect of differences.

The association organizes meetings with travelers, reporters, writers ... 

Tools and medias

This meeting has been filmed and recorded. You can watch the videos by clicking here: 

Opening speech


First round table

Second round table


Photographic reportage

Photographic reportage made by Loiez Déniel. 


Loiez Déniel lives and works in Auvergne (and sometimes Istanbul). Video maker photographer artist, independent researcher in multimedia integration solutions and operational poetry, he is also president of the International Video Art Festival VIDEOFORMES.

Pictures credits: EHTTA/Loïez Déniel 

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