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Published: September 25th 2016
We had planned to visit 3 of the most beautiful villages of France: Loubressac, Autoire and Carantec when we stayed at this campsite but I realised last night that we visited them all when we stayed on a site in Carantec on the Dordogne, 2 years ago.
Bob quickly reviewed the plans and plotted a new Kisbee trip round other villages instead. This to end at Loubressac as we heard that there was to be a hot-air, (Montgolfiades de Rocamadour) balloon spectacle there at 5pm and we wanted to watch it.
We had to go first of all to Gramat as Kisbee was thirsty and refusing to ride further until we fed him some fuel. Had the most delicious patisserie with our morning coffee then set off on our explorations.
First to Thegra where there was not a lot to see except some rather lovely buildings. Love the style in this area. Roofs are steep and sloping and round and triangular and that gorgeous deep terracotta style of pantile which goes so beautifully with the deep sandy colour of the walls.
Then Mayrinhac-lentour where
the church interior is entirely stencilled (in 1848) and quite unique. At Aynac we found a chateau but it was private so we didn’t see much of it then up and over a couple of hills via St Jean Lagineste where we found a church which was having its interior entirely refurbished.
Back to the valley and in need of lunch and having found nowhere selling anything at all in any of the villages, we headed for St Cere. Not mentioned in our guide of the area and we are surprised by this as really it was a very nice town indeed. We found plenty of places for lunch and had galettes then a stroll round the medieval streets overlooked by a ruined castle on top of the hill. We followed the sound of music to the main, very picturesque, square where some dancers were performing.
Then back to Kisbee and up the hill to Loubressac. The village was heaving with visitors and not just because it is a beautiful place but because lots of people were wanting to watch the hot air balloons. We realised they were to take off from the bottom
of the valley a couple of miles away and after chatting to a French girl on a motorbike and asking if they were going down to the bottom to watch the balloons she suggested we followed her down. Quite chaotic leaving the village to get down the long hill as there was so much traffic. Bob and Kisbee did a valiant job of following her 500cc Kawasaki but she got away from us in the end !
Down near the bottom of the valley we encountered the traffic jam of vehicles trying to park to get to the takeoff field for the balloons. Easy parking with a Kisbee.
Goodness it was hot waiting with the several thousands of others for the balloons to be got ready and the takeoffs. Temperature must have been up in the high 20s.
The first balloon took off about 5.30 and we watched about 20 go up, up and away. Incredibly entertaining.
Then we pushed our way through the crowds and queuing traffic back to Kisbee and forced our way back out onto the road and up the hill to pick up the
road back to the campsite.
Just time for a swim and dinner.
Rain due for tomorrow so awning is in and we leave for 2 nights in the Loire valley.
As I’ve been typing this, Bob has been looking at the map of the area and observed that we have never yet explored the lower Lot valley. He has discovered a railway line to Figeac from close to here so I am already planning a return to this lovely campsite next year to do more exploring.
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