Marcilhac Sur Célé to St Circ Lapopie 29 km
Well my destination today was voted in 2012 as the most beautiful village in France. I decided I just had to visit it and decided that the extra hours walk both today and tomorrow might be worth it.
So much for planning. You cannot make a successful plan if you do not have all the facts available. What I had not realised when I made my plan and booked my accomodation was that my path today went past Grotte de Peche Merle. If I had known, I would have chosen a visit to the Grotte to see the 50,000 year old cave paintings and missed out the village. There wasn’t time to do everything. There never is!
Let that be a warning to all you sunbathers!
This walking is what I had hoped for. Quiet paths and not much road. I only saw two pilgrims all day. It was joyous. Tomorrow’s destination of Cahors marks a definite change in the walk. (I will explain in Saturdays blog). For now I was revelling in these magic paths.
Every now and again the path would dip into the valley. That does involve descent and re-ascent but it was worth it and anyway what’s a couple of hundred metres of ascent when the temperature is only 31°?
Another old building in the middle:
An old village under the cliffs:
Another old chateau lodged in the cliff:
I had a lovely evening meal on the terrace with four others. Last night I was sitting next to a lawyer in International Law and opposite two Brazilians. There are a lot of different people on this walk. I wonder who I will meet tomorrow………