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Published: September 19th 2014
Another lovely sunny day but we put the little umbrella in the scooter back box just to make sure it didn’t rain.
Before we left Bob phoned the Caravan and Camping Club who had arranged our ferry tickets and we have now changed to get the Chunnel back rather than the ferry as we are not happy about staying on Calais harbour the night before our ferry given the current ‘would be immigrant’ problems there.
Carennac first, being only half a mile up the road from the campsite and on the river. Absolutely stunning little medieval town. Perfectly kept, not a scrap of litter to be found and no doubt a hanging offence to dare to drop any here. Flowers everywhere, some artistically arranged and others artfully just placed here and there. Some wonderful buildings with all sorts of interesting features and the phone camera had a bit of a field day capturing as much as it could. It did a good job as most of the time I have no idea what it is taking as very tricky seeing the screen in bright daylight.
We climbed down to the river and watched a
dog taking mighty leaps off the bank into the water to retrieve a stick then we walked back up to the village and the scooter.
Next stop Loubressac, this one quite a climb up a hill which the scooter took in its stride (it must surely be run in by now !). We could see where we were going from the bottom of the hill as the village is perched at the very top.
We were hoping to have lunch but the hotel was absolutely packed, with, we discovered later, a coach party. Also hopeful of buying a couple of bits of food as we are right out of fresh vegetables but the shop was closed 12.30 to 15.00 and it was 12.45.
Had a wander round this hill top village with wonderful panoramic views down to the valley below. Camera clicking away again as even more delightful buildings everywhere. We thought it was going to rain as dark clouds came over but just a few minutes of a very light shower and all ok and blue sky again.
Off to the next village, all 3 being designated most beautiful French villages,
Autoire. This one was down at the bottom of the hill and was noteworthy for having several quite large manor houses. All beautifully restored and everything in the village chocolate box perfect. There is also a waterfall but we didn’t get there.
We had lunch at the Auberge in the centre and chatted to an Australian couple from Melbourne who are on a walking holiday. That meant that they were going to walk up the hill back to Loubressac – we didn’t envy them especially as we were going back the easy way, on the scooter.
Back up the hill to Loubressac, where the shop was open and had the veggies I wanted for sale.
Spotted a big castle as we headed back down to the valley, this one at Castlenau so we turned off to visit that too. Only viewed it from the outside but it is a proper castle looking castle with some rather beautifully restored houses round it.
Seen enough pretty medieval villages for one day so back to the campsite for a swim in the pool. Another lovely evening, warm enough to sit out and there is an owl hooting
as I type this. There were lots of flashes of lightening earlier and we thought a storm was on the way up the river valley but it seems to have passed by.
Tomorrow we head every northwards, to the Loire valley for a single night stop and will do our shopping for home on the way as the most convenient time to do it.
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