St Chély d’Aubrac to Espalion 27km
Warning – lots of pictures!
I had only left my Gite 10 minutes when I came across this unhappy chap. He does look miserable. He shouldn’t really be miserable with a bottle of local wine in his bag!
The route crossed the river by The Bridge of Pilgrims:
I sauntered along the river till I found a great lunchtime spot. A few canoeists drifted down the river as I ate my feast of blue cheese, fresh bread and ripe tomatoes. Mmmmmm
View from lunch spot:
The route after lunch was forest. It was just as well because the gloomy clouds of the morning were breaking and the sun appeared. Along the path I came across this cairn of stones with a few pieces of paper squeezed in amongst them.
Back in Le Puy at the morning Mass we had been invited to take a few pieces of paper each. There is a box in the Cathedral with a notice saying that if you have something or someone that you want Pilgrims to pray for then write that on a piece of paper and pop it in the box. So after the mass we were all encouraged to take several of these.
Along the way I have been seeing these pieces of paper, sometimes under stones on a wayside cross. It is rather like the white rosary beads we were all given. I keep seeing these. Did you notice the chap in the first picture had one?
A saunter along the Lot lead me to my Gite. This is another remarkable old town with wonderful buildings.
The other day I was talking to a German carrying his classical guitar. He said he sometimes played it in the churches he visited.
I wish I had been there to hear it. The acoustics in some of these churches are just magic. If there is no one about I sometimes stand in the middle and sing a little. It’s not very musical but it still sounds great!
I hope that was not too many pictures. There is so much to see.