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didn't intend to take a massive amount of photos on this trip, the idea being to have a
bit of a relaxing holiday rather than a full on roadtrip so these are a bit of a
mish mash which were just grabbed as we went, with no particular theme apart from loosely
adhering to our last years "Back Roads of France" topic. The photos
were mostly taken around the Lot, Dordogne and Garonne regions and the week
after as we moved
east to Burgundy to visit friends. There
are also a mixture of mono and colour photos here, the monos were taken for my
"serious" photo website but I've included them here as well. Why not?
Dusk Dusk from our hotel window at Saint-Valery-en-Caux, we stopped over here before driving south to the Lot Valley the following morning.
Going east along the north France coast got us nicely around Paris and left us with a nice straightforward run south the next day
The gite at St Projet, a very tranquil place with a nice big fresh water swimming pool all to ourselves.
The nearest town to the gite is Gourdon, about 8 miles away. It's an old medieval place which is typical of many of the towns in this part of France
There are the ubiquitous bakeries scattered about the town, but the cakes & bread from this one were particularly good.
By the time us lazy English folk get out and about, the choice is getting a bit limited, but I can recommend the cake with the strawberries on the left.
Another medieval location is Carrenac with its ancient Church of St Pierre
The church is part of the 11th century priory which dominates the village.
Loubressac is considered one of the most beautiful villages in France and rightfully so. For us it summed up our "Back Roads of France" theme perfectly.
Rocamadour is a place we've visited several times but I've never really got any decent photos of it so thought I'd get up early one morning and
drive over to take advantage of the morning light. Unfortunately, it's in the shadow of a small mountain until a while after sunrise but when the
sun eventually hits the village it's quite spectacular.
The road up to Rocamadour
The Pont de Valentre, built in the 14th century it took 70 years to complete. It spans the River Lot just outside the city of Cahors, the capital of the Lot region
Situated on the River Lot west of Cahors, Puy l'Evique is an ancient & sleepy
little backwater with steep rambling narrow streets and alleyways. This was taken
whilst sat outside a deserted pavement cafe having a beer..... It was hot here.
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