Adventures in France-Land, Walking VI (part 2)

Where were we.....oh yes, walking (mainly uphill) from Duravel to Puy L'eveque

Where were we…..oh yes, walking (mainly uphill) from Duravel to Puy L’eveque.

Then I saw this - if you remember there was a sign in Duravel assuring me Puy L'eveque was only 5km away.  Well here we are 3 KM into our walk and now we've got double the distance we were expecting still to go.

Then I saw this – if you remember there was a sign in Duravel assuring me Puy L’eveque was only 5km away. Well here we are 3 KM into our walk and now we’ve got double the distance we were expecting still to go.  I know 2 more km might not seem like a lot but at that point, on that day, IT WAS!

Oh well, at least we met these guys (turns out to be the highlight of my daughter's day)

Oh well, at least we met these guys (turns out to be the highlight of my daughter’s day)

Then we walked up more hills.

Then we walked up more hills.

We began walking uphill backwards because when you are 7 and you've been walking uphill for 2 hours this is a good idea.

We began walking uphill backwards because when you are 7 and you’ve been walking uphill for 2 hours this is a good idea.

Almost there.

Almost there.

Sweet reward for their efforts.

Sweet reward for their efforts.

I'm not kidding, more inclines.  Sigh....more like HEAVE.

I’m not kidding, more inclines. Sigh….more like HEAVE.

It's a mirage - but not, cause it was actually there.  This "bathroom in the hills", promised a much needed water refill and porcelain potty break.  Alas, there was no water and all those doors were LOCKED!  &%$#!!!!

It’s a mirage – but not, cause it was actually there. This “bathroom in the hills”, promised a much needed water refill and porcelain potty break. Alas, there was no water and all those doors were LOCKED! &%$#!!!! (A special thanks to “The photographer” who broke in and tried his damnedest to hydrate his family)

 

For a second I think I'm hallucinating when I see pancakes growing out of a tree.

For a second I think I’m hallucinating when I see pancakes growing out of a tree.

There's no water on this portion of the trail, but there is this handy bench in the middle of nowhere which is odd but fantastic.

There’s no water on this portion of the trail, but there is this handy bench in the middle of nowhere which is odd but fantastic.

 

Despite my hangover from lunch and the 90 degree inclines we walked that afternoon, this was quickly becoming one of my most favorite days ever.

Despite my hangover from lunch and the 90 degree inclines we walked that afternoon, this was quickly becoming one of my most favorite days ever.

One of my favorite views.

One of my favorite views.

 

Just WOW.

Just WOW.

I spy something yellow.  But who cares, the yellow is in the town of Puy L'eveque!  We made it.

I spy something yellow. But who cares, the yellow is in the town of Puy L’eveque! We made it.

 

Turns out Puy L'eveque is gorgeous, weird (like you feel the mafia is watching you) but gorgeous.

Turns out Puy L’eveque is gorgeous, weird (like you feel the mafia is watching you) but gorgeous.

And after waiting two hours for the hotel to open their doors (see previous mafia note) we got all settled in just as the rain started to pour.

And after waiting two hours for the hotel to open their doors (see previous mafia note) we got all settled in just as the rain started to pour.

 

Goodnight Puy L'eveque (I hope there aren't any horse heads in the bed tonight)

Goodnight Puy L’eveque (I hope there aren’t any horse heads in the bed tonight)


Adventures in France-Land, Walking V

A bit of an introduction, on our fifth day of walking we mistakenly hopped off the GR 36 trail and onto another.  It was a beautiful walk but took us 20 km AWAY from our intended destination.  This turned out to be our longest day of walking, we figure it was over 20 km, possibly 25 km – that’s a really long way when you are five and seven years old.  This post is dedicated to my kids who not only walked the whole day but happily put on their boots the next morning as well, thank you, I love you.

Breakfast - time to leave Montferrand for Monpazier

Breakfast – time to leave Montferrand for Monpazier

Snail love, turns out that love was in the air that day

Snail love, turns out that love was in the air that day

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11th century church, I think this was my favorite, I'll take it over Notre Dame anyday

11th century church, I think this was my favorite, I’ll take it over Notre Dame any day

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We spied this place for a mid-morning break, also to fill water bottles (walking tip: turns out cemeteries almost always have water)

We spied this place for a mid-morning break, also to fill water bottles (walking tip: turns out cemeteries almost always have water)

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Family pic

Family pic

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Lunch break, our hosts from Lou Peyrol packed us sandwiches for the day, which we happily devoured sitting outside this castle wall.

Lunch break, our hosts from Lou Peyrol packed us sandwiches for the day, which we happily devoured sitting outside this castle wall.

Here's what the locals were offering, this was the only restaurant in town.

Here’s what the locals were offering, this was the only restaurant in town.

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Two deer running straight for us

Two deer running straight for us

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The moment we realize we are 20 km away, it's a hard moment, no one even cares about  Chateaux Bannes in the background.

The moment we realize we are 20 km away, it’s a hard moment, no one even cares about Chateaux Bannes in the background.

While we wait for our hotel to send a rescue car  our way (miraculous), my daughter adopts several snails.  (choosing snails over the chateaux, that's my girl)

While we wait for our hotel to send a rescue car our way (miraculous), my daughter adopts several snails. (choosing snails over the chateaux, that’s my girl)

 

The feeling of sitting after walking for 9 hours.

The feeling of sitting after walking for 9 hours.

Our hotel, Edward 1er

Our hotel, Edward 1er

 

If you squint you can make out our muddy footprints we left on the stairs (I still feel bad about that)

You can almost make out our muddy footprints

 

Monpazier and this surrounding area of France is very "English" in style...and sort of Disneyland-y.

Monpazier and this surrounding area of France is very “English” in style…and sort of Disneyland-y.

 

Goodnight Monpazier.

Goodnight Monpazier.