Saint-Cirq Lapopie

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October 15th 2006
Published: October 15th 2006
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I spent one night in Cahors and while I was there met two pilgrims that were traveling El Camino Santiago de Compostela. They told me they had visited a little village called Saint Cirq Lapopie , and urged me not to miss it. So I take their advice and check out the bus schedule, and away I go.

Winding down the Lot river, I am let off at a bus stop in the French countryside, nothing around but little farms. After a bit of Americano sign language, the driver points to a road that crosses the Lot River, and way off in the distance I see what appears to be a medieval village, sure enough.

So I start out with my backpack on, traipsing through the beautiful French countryside, but not before I check out the bus schedule, and find out that the next bus doesn't come until that evening. Hmmm. Not good. I want to check this village out, but c'mon, I don't need all afternoon.

So I start my hike, across the bridge, and up the hill. Bear with me, I WILL find my pics, and post em. I took several nice ones.

I remember this hike well, it was really nice, but believe me that gnawing away inside of me was teh regret that I had been such a cheapscate and didn' t rent a car. Maybe an hour's walk I arrived in the little village, and yes, it was worth the effort. This village was like heading back in time, 1,000 years ago. It was incredible. Built right on the slope of the mountain,I could see how it was totally inpenetrable from invaders.

I spend an hour or two there, then decide it's time to move on, so I hike back to the main road, contemplate my situation (I AM STUCK) and decide to start hoofing it. I am not about to sit at a bus stop all day. As I hoof it, I throw out my thumb to every passing car. I get a ride to the next little town, and decide to sit at the bus stop and take what comes first, the bus, or a ride. FInally, after about an hour, I get a ride to where I can catch the train - Figeac.

hey, one good thing, while searching for my info about SCLapopie, I found more info about my last trip to Palermo. So have no fear, I will find it and post the info ! Sorry, this isn't Fodors, remember ???

well, here's another good link. This has some good pics, and it won't disappoint you.

Saint-Cirq Lapopie


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