Posted: May 21, 2013 Filed under: Me, Travel | Tags: france, GR 36, Lou Peyrol, Monpazier, MOntferrand, traveling in Europe with kids, walking trails
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
Snail love, turns out that love was in the air that day
11th century church, I think this was my favorite, I’ll take it over Notre Dame any day
We spied this place for a mid-morning break, also to fill water bottles (walking tip: turns out cemeteries almost always have water)
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.
Two deer running straight for us
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)
The feeling of sitting after walking for 9 hours.
Our hotel, Edward 1er
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.
Posted: May 15, 2013 Filed under: Me, Travel | Tags: Dordogne, Lou Peyrol, Montferrand-au-Perigord, Walking in France
Packed up lunch for our walk from Belves to Montferrand
Lock the gite and we are on our way
Find the mark and start walking – we have an easy day planned, only about 5 hours of walking.
Many have asked my “favorite thing I saw” – this is it, a caravan of caterpillars
The caterpillar string was about 15 feet long, I’ve never seen anything like it before
This did not make me happy. The kids thought it was hilarious.
Notice the elevation, the mornings typically began with a steep climb.
We saw lots of happy, beautiful animals on this path…..thankfully no boars!
Can you see my happy kid?
Our home for the evening. Our wonderful host Thierry, greeted us, made us cafe and chocolate chaud.
Montferrand is very small, it might have been my favorite town. The buildings are very old, very quaint and everyone was very kind.
Charting the course for the next days of walking.
At Lou Peyrol, Thierry cooks our dinner, his wife serves us, we eat until we are stuffed talking with the kids the whole time. It was a magical night. Goodnight Montferrand.