Adventures in France-Land, Walking IV

Packed up lunch for our walk from Belves to Montferrand

Packed up lunch for our walk from Belves to Montferrand

Lock the gite and we are on our way

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.

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

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

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.

This did not make me happy. The kids thought it was hilarious.

Notice the elevation, the mornings typically began with a steep climb.

Notice the elevation, the mornings typically began with a steep climb.

We saw lots of happy, beautiful animals on this path.....thankfully no boars!

We saw lots of happy, beautiful animals on this path…..thankfully no boars!

Can you see my happy kid?

Can you see my happy kid?

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Our home for the evening. Our wonderful host Thierry, greeted us, made us cafe and chocolate chaud.

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.

Montferrand is very small, it might have been my favorite town. The buildings are very old, very quaint and everyone was very kind.

Our neighbor.

Our neighbor.

Charting the course for the next days of walking.

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.

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.


Adventures in France-Land, Walking III

Leaving Saint Cyprien for Belves

Leaving Saint Cyprien for Belves

The people who mark the trail are amazing, this is another mark you may see just to clear up doubt.

The people who mark the trail are amazing, this is another mark you may see just to clear up doubt.

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Apple blossoms

Apple blossoms

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Attack of the trees!!!!!

Attack of the trees!!!!!

The town of Belves is a sight for sore feet after a very full day of walking

The town of Belves is a sight for sore feet after a very full day of walking

The locals.

The locals.

Belves. Town of bells and secret dwellings (13th - 15th century a whole slew of people lived under the castle)

Belves. Town of bells and secret dwellings (13th – 15th century a whole slew of people lived under the castle)

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The Gite - Relais Vert.  The sheets are for 1-2 nights use and then throw away.

The Gite, our home for the night – Relais Vert. The sheets are for 1-2 nights use and then throw away, they feel like paper towels.

The gite is an old church about 3 km from Belves city center.

The gite is an old church (complete with cemetery and bell tower) about 3 km from Belves city center.

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Walking paths in the area, we are still on GR 36.

Walking paths in the area, we are still on GR 36.

Good night Belves.  Note to future guests, the bell tower stops at 10:00, THANK THE LORD.

View from the gite. ¬†Good night Belves. Montferrand-au-Perigord we’ll see you tomorrow. (Note to future guests, the bell tower stops at 10:00, THANK THE LORD.)