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Virlet is a small village situated right at the northern edge of the département of the Puy-de-Dôme in the region of Central France known as the Auvergne and in a range of hills known as the Combrailles.

I tell people that Virlet is where I live, but that isn't strictly true. The village is my postal address but that is purely and simply due to the fact that there is no other village any closer to me. If Virlet and the other villages around here are isolated then I am positively in the wilderness.

The village is situated at an altitude of 528 metres, which is about 1730 feet in real money, in the Monts de la Combraille, otherwise known as Les Combrailles, the extreme northwestern outcrop of the Massif Central. It's in the département of the Puy-de-Dôme and the region of the Auvergne. If you are planning on coming to visit, it will help to have a SatNav as the place isn't easy to find. The geographical co-ordinates are 46° 9' 18'' North and 2° 41' 53'' East.

The population according to the most recent census is 271 - a slow increase over the last 10 or so years but a far cry from the heady days of the end of the 19th Century when there were over 1000 inhabitants. I talk at great length about the reasons for the declining population.

Virlet doesn't have much in the way of an internet presence and there is nothing at all in English, despite the large Anglophone community that followed me here during the early years of the 21st Century. And so to rectify this, with nothing better to do during the wet summer days of 2010, I wrote a little website in English.

All comments, criticisms and suggestions are welcome, even those suggestions that are physically impossible. Please if you have anything to say about the site or the village.

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