Its transfer day and we leave around 7:00 for the long drive to Rocamadour - via Concarneau, L'Orient, Nantes, Niot, Limoges, etc. The non-motorway section is surprisingly slow and tedious it must be said. We reach Rocamadour itself in late afternoon and it is surprisingly busy. It is considered to be very much one of France's leading tourist sites. We shall just have to go early.
This part of the holiday is the most luxurious. The last time we stayed at Le Vielles Tours was in October 2009 when we only stayed about 12 hours, but had a fantastic meal and thought the entire set up was really nice. Yet it is actually about the same price as the place we have been staying.
So our first gourmet meal starts with a hor d'ourve of gazpacho soup, then for me it is "Foie gras de canard mi-cuit a l'orange et pain d'epice" (Duck "Foie gras" cooked with orange and gingerbread) and Linda it's "Tatin de tomates et basilic a l'huile d'olive" (upside down tomato and basil tart), then a main course for me of "Foie de veau au vinaigre de framboise, pates fraiches, legumes de saison" (calves liver with raspberry vinegar and fresh pasta) and "Ravioles et queues de langoustines, aux noisettes torrefiees" (Ravioli and scampi tails with roasted hazelnuts) for Linda. Then "Fromage de chevre
One negative of the hotel is that we can only get internet in the main reception area. So while Linda gets ready, I sit in the reception downloading The Apprentice final. After a leisurely breakfast, we are off to Cahors for the day.
On the way down, we came across a wine co-op that I had visited a couple of years ago. This is one of my absolute favourite places that we've come across on our travels and I make the most of this visit, trying half a dozen wines and buying about 50 bottles.
After parking near the famous bridge, we accidentally stumble on a shop specifically for the Chateau LaGrazette, the Cahor wine we had last night. We paid E25 for our wine last night and I was hoping to get a half case for around E80. No such luck. Single bottles are E20 each, but we buy two anyway - the most we have paid for wine in France since we paid E30 for a bottle in St Emilion.
The famous bridge in Cahor.
The market in the centre of Cahors wasn't on today - a shame as Linda would have probably liked to have seen that. My main memory of attending a Cahors market is when I was here with Emma in 2008 and was trying to take some video footage and Emma kept coming up and saying loudly into the microphone how boring my video was going to be!
As usual we visited the cathedral. There was a really unusual version of The Annunciation on the wall at the far end - not a very good photo though
I love monastic cloisters and Cahors is as good as any.
Down by the river on the other side of town there was a heron fishing on the weir.