Posted: June 3, 2013 Filed under: Me, Travel | Tags: Bonaguil, Dordogne, Duravel, French castles, Lot, Puy-L'eveque, Saint-Front-sur-Lemance, traveling with kids, walking through France
Our final walking day, Saint-Front-sur-Lemance to Puy-l’Eveque. Our gracious host Mme. Finnegan from Le Seguinet offers to take us to the most famous castle in the region, Bonaguil Castle.
Those cutouts you see at the top were for pouring boiling water on would-be intruders.
My daughter opts to completely skip the castle in favor of making friends with le chat.
Now back to the glorious business of walking.
We saw this double circle, triangle mark a few times. Haven’t cracked the code yet.
Meet the photographer.
Any guesses to what’s going on here? Since we did not pass another soul while walking, the trail became a never ending porta potty.
Welcome to the bustling metropolis of Duravel where we plan to have our first ever “lunch in a restaurant” since we started walking!
One of the many benefits of walking is smelling everything along the way.
I’m not really sure what was going on here.
But then I saw this picture and realized he was praying for the powers to make the juice jump into his mouth without the aid of a straw.
Here we go, our first French country cafe lunch. It’s a five course affair. Soup, antipasta, pasta with meat, cheese and dessert. All the while the wine is FLOWING. Fixed price $13 Euro.
Here’s who eats it. Everyone. It’s not a formal deal, on the contrary, it’s very casual and friendly.
More “would be illegal in the US activity” – this cheese board gets passed around table to table. No sneeze guard, No gloves, help yourself and pass it along.
Here we are leaving Duravel, I won’t speak for my husband, but I am far from sober at this point. I’ve calculated we only have about a 5 km walk to our end destination,should be no problem under tipsy conditions.
This is a town sign confirming my calculation, Puy-L’eveque, our end destination, is about 5 km away.
Here’s what the sign didn’t say, it’s up hill almost the ENTIRE way. That may not super look steep, but trust me, it is.
More inclines. I’m kind of regretting the table wine at this point.
Notice the elevated vantage point and pretty view.
Dancing as I climb seems to be a better option than crying.
Notice the elevated vantage point and pretty view. Will we reach Puy-l’Eveque? Find out next time.
Posted: May 29, 2013 Filed under: Me, Travel | Tags: Blundstone, Chateaux de Biron, Edward 1er, France walking trip, Le Seguinet, Monpazier, Saint-Front-sur-Lemance
Good Morning Monpazier.
We left our Barbie Castle hotel (aka Edward 1er) in search of more…..
Castles! Our friendly postman/taxi driver, who rescued us in my last post, drove us to Chateaux de Biron.
The details blew my mind.
Aha! A possible clue about our previous day’s misadventure. Occasionally you cross paths with other “GR” trails, like you see here.
Welcome to Lacapelle-Biron, home to fanatical rugby fans. Most of the town was gathered in their red and white colors. I could write an entire book on the difference between American sports fans and French sports fans based on my 10 minute observation of this event but this is a blog, not a book so I will spare you.
Go team! We start our walking for the day leaving Lacapelle-Biron and their sports traditions behind.
It is immediately apparent we are all in a bit of a silly mood.
I think the previous day’s challenges brought us closer as well.
Note to self, call the GR trail people about the marks in this town, they sort of completely disappeared.
Thanks to some friendly locals we found our way and saw beautiful things like this country home.
We were in no rush, we truly took our time which yielded more gifts like this shot.
Sometimes, more is better.
Le Seguinet, our intended destination for the night in Saint-Front-sur-Lemance.
Le Seguinet sits on 18 acres with 4 separate buildings on the property. It was magical.
France provided a wonderland of contraband park equipment that our kids are very unlikely to see in the States – like see saws and unruly swings.
The actual town of Saint-Front-sur-Lemance is……so-so.
So we spent the rest of the daylight enjoying the grounds at our hotel.
The kids found tadpoles to “study” around the fairy like pond.
When you’ve gone without any toys for a couple of weeks, a broken hula hoop can provide an hour of entertainment.
Interior of Le Seguinet. I lost count of the amazing tile patterns used throughout the 18 room “house”.
Blundstone family pic.
The beginnings of our sun downer from our lovely Indian/Canadian/English cum French host Mme. Finnegan (funny coincidence). Good night Saint-Front.