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Published: September 19th 2017
Bob woke me in the early hours thinking it was raining and we had left the towels out ‘to dry’. Not rain but very heavy, down to the ground sort of mist and all the towels were totally soaked. So much so that I had to stick them in the campsite tumble dryer.
Also Very chilly as no sun could get through that thickness of cloud cover so we hung about all morning, with Tandy’s heater on for a while until the mist lifted and the sky brightened.
Bob got Kisbee out and we dressed in extra layers (think I’ll pack boots next September and certainly my fur lined fleece !) and after lunch set out for Rocamadour. Only 7 km but cold ones. At one point one of my legs was really hot as the sun was on that side and the other freezing as a black nasty looking cloud was on the other.
We took the road down to Rocamadour village but then found there was no place to park Kisbee. There were half a dozen car spots, payant and then I found 2 for motos but the machine didn’t
give a separate rate for those. Eventually persuaded Bob we needed to park in one of the spots and pay the car’s rate as always a slight worry Kisbee might get ‘removed’ if we park somewhere we shouldn’t. There is parking right at the bottom below the village but no way could I walk up that hill. Should have thought to put my folding stick into my bag but didn’t.
We walked through the village along with lots of other tourists, quite a lot of English voices around us. Stopped to look in a few interesting shops as we’ve seen very few this trip. Well I was interested, Bob tried to look as if he was !
Stopped for a coffee in a café with a balcony overlooking the deep gorge but didn’t stay long as the wasps had come out with the sun.
As well as a street filled with shops, some with touristy tat including t-shirts I identified as definitely Thai, others with exceedingly nice arts and crafts, this is actually a pilgrimage ‘sacred’ city and has been for 1000 years. It’s a Unesco World Heritage site and the
reason is the superb collection of religious buildings which are built up and into the cliff face. They are accessed via the Grand Escalier. One is the basilica Saint-Saveur and there are also several chapels including Chapelle Notre Dame which is home to the Black Madonna.
We climbed the steps of course and admired the buildings but we also admired the dedication which must have been needed to build them.
We have visited here before, in 2011 en route from one campsite to another but well worth a second look.
Back down to street level I stopped to buy a rather lovely enamelled butterfly I had seen then we returned to Kisbee and the campsite. Much sunnier though still chilly and I had a ‘swim’ in the campsite ‘bubble pool’ which meant I swam but got nowhere fast. Good exercise !
Weather tomorrow promises to be good. Hope so as learned today that as well as snow in the Pyrenees there is now also snow in the Bavarian Alps where we were in June in temperatures in the 30s. This cold air seems to be everywhere, possibly explains
why as I type this I am wearing my fleece and the heating is on.
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