Thursday, March 29, 2012

Day 90 - The Bridge to Le Bugue - 276 to go

People were gathering across the other side of the bridge
as we walked into Le Bugue
It was Sunday morning
and a Brocante was being set-up
in all of the streets and small lane ways
in Le Bugue.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Day 89 - Pre War Citroen - 277 to go

The local wine merchant's pre-war Citroen in Le Bugue.

Day 88 - Home for a Week - 278 to go

One week in Le Bugue
in the Dordogne
between Sarlat la-Canada and Bergerac

Monday, March 26, 2012

Day 87 - My Cycling Shop Man in Le Bugue - 279 to go

We couldn't chat
but the language of cycling is universal
He had a sparkle in his eye
and a smile
that recognised
that in the past we both
had many cycling stories to tell
if only we could chat

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Day 86 - St Circ Lapopie - 280 to go.

St Circ Lapopie hides amongst the cliff and forest high above the River Lot.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Day 85 - Fortress Walls - 281 to go

Who's a silly duffer then - I've just realised that a Leap Year has 366 days, not 365 so now we still have 281 photos of France to go.

Opposite yesterday's bridges are the walls
of a long ago destroyed fortress.
It's foundations used for a more recent building,
but signs of it's inner stone stairways remain.
Don't you wish these walls could speak,
and tell tales of past feasts, battles and castle life?

Friday, March 23, 2012

Day 84 - Two Bridges - 281 to go

A bridge crossed many times while we stayed in Vers
The river below - flowed maybe a kilometre to the River Lot.
An earlier bridge can be seen through the arches of this one.
It was only wide enough for pedestrian traffic
or maybe travellers on horseback in long past years ago.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Day 83 - The Scary Road - 282 to go

The caption could just as easily been,
You take the high road 
and we'll take the low road.
It was Tommy our GPS that took us on this 
high road goat track
when we could just as easily taken 
a modern faster road to our destination.
But that would not have been so exciting!!

Look very closely at this image.
We travelled the very scary road that you see
leading from the lower right side.
Room with only one car except for the occasional passing garages.
I didn't notice when I took this picture
that below on the river level was carved
a narrow pathway that allowed beasts of burden
to haul barges along this river in the Dordogne.

Day 82 - Underneath the Arches - 283 to go

Amazing sights through travel - how good is that!
Never seen anything like this in Australia.
We have different amazing sights.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Day 81 - On a Road to Vers - 284 to go

Troglodyte Castle ahead.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Day 80 - Still cycling in France - 285 to go

While cycling in rural France
I climbed to the highest point
Above the village of Vers
Not that far from Cahors

Day 79 - France on a Bike - 286 to go

I love to cycle the rural districts of France.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Day 78 - Of Days Gone By - 287 to go

Would you like a family portrait?

Day 77 - Wood and Stone - 288 to go

Tell me, do these people have a sense of humour or do they really have a pet mouse?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Day 76 - Narrow Village Laneways - 289 to go

A village laneway in the middle of France somewhere in the Lot district.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Day 75 - Staircase to the River - 290 to go

St Antonin - just another village we stumbled upon while driving from one destination to the next.
Surprises like this make travel interesting. 

Day 74 - What? No Washing Machine! 291 to go

They did it tough back then.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Day 73 - Time to leave Cahors - 292 to go

Back Lanes of Cahor

Day 72 - Heavy Doors of Wood - 293 to go

Day 71 - Metal and Wood - 294 to go

Seen in the lane ways of Cahors

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Day 68 - CAHOR in the LOT - 297 to go.

The Lot river surrounds Cahors on three sides
Valentre bridge was built over 70 years from 1308
Named the devil's bridge

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Day 67 - A village of two openings - 298 to go

There's only two ways in or out of Cordes sur Ciel.
Yesterday we entered - today we leave the village above the clouds.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Day 66 - Outside the Gates of Cordes - 299 to go

A renovater's opportunity in Cordes sur Ciel.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Day 65 - Village above the Clouds- 300 to go.

The entrance to the 900 year old fortified village of Cordes sur Ciel

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Day 64 - Purple Rain in Cordes sur Ciel - 301 to go

Wisteria flows down the walls of a stone cottage.
The cottage looks down into the valley from Cordes sur Ciel.
A village that sits above the clouds in the Tarn near Albi.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Day 63 - ALBI - 302 to go

We quite enjoyed Albi for our two night overstay
The hotel was the home to the Saxo Bank Tour de France team the previous year
Albi deserved more time
We didn't get the chance to understand her more
Her architecture, museums and the general street life
Maybe next time - if there is another next time.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Day 61 - Albi home to Henri - 303 to go

Toulouse Lautrec grew up in the surrounds of Albi.
The town has a wonderful museum dedicated to Henri.
His family home is a short drive out of Albi.