Saturday, September 16, 2006


Cahors was one of my favourite places in France. The town is largely encircled by the River Lot and it has a large medieval area. It is an overnight stop for many who are engaged on a French section of the St Jacques walk to Compostella, and I met many walkers and pilgrims at the hostel.
Pont Valentre is apparently one of the most photographed sights in France and you can see why.

These days only pedestrians can walk across the bridge.

Just across the bridge is one of these markers for the St Jacques pilgrimage walk. (I saw several of these markers in France.)
After you climb up the cliff path you can look back along to the bridge from above.
Carrying along on the St Jacques walkway out of Cahors takes you through this beautiful French countryside. Poppies were blooming for spring. And leaves were just beginning to thicken up on this vineyard. It truly was beautiful countryside to walk through and I could see why those engaged on the pilgrimage were happy about their undertaking, since it involved walking in places like this. I only got started on this walk in the afternoon though, and it was a particularly hot day so I never went too far!
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