Travel, other paths through Europe: Journeys and memory

February 3, 2018

Travel is not only a movement trough space, but above all, an exhange with the other, a tool for dialogue. Since the Grand Tour times spa towns are the paradigma for travel places, the very first tourist destinations where society met together without barriers

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.

Artists, writers travelers, carnettistes, historians, videographers and high school students were invited to confront their views on these questions in this 3rd  Café of Europe.


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.

IFAV organizes each year the Rendez-Vous du Carnet de Voyage, an artistic and literary event based on travel sketchbooks:

1st round table

History and Development of Tourism

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.
2nd round table

Memory of the world: what would became travel without books, pictures and travel stories?

Travel books, in whatever form, are indispensable archives for the progression of knowledge of Europe as well as the world, 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."

Michel Thomas-Penette

EHTTA General Delegate

The Interactive Novel of the SOURCE Project "At the Sources of Europe"
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Les Virées du Sancy

In order to put this event into context within the Cafés of Europe series organised 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.

Our guides in this Café were:

  • 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)


Travel Diaries - Photographs - Video

Elsie Herberstein

Carnettiste - Illustrator

Elsie Herberstein was born in 1963 and she has Austrian origins. She does many designed reports and she published several travel books about South Africa, Tibetan exiles and homeless.

She studied at the Decorative Arts School of Paris and began drawing in notebooks during a trip to New York.

For fifteen years she sketches on the spot and write.

Loiez Deniel

Video & Photo Artist

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.