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Driving from Carcassonne to a sheep farm in the Lot

Day 14 — Sept. 18, 2017 (Monday)

Passing the Aire du Bois de Dourre on the A20

Passing the Aire du Bois de Dourre on the A20


At breakfast we met a British man and an American man both of whom were well traveled and really knew their history. We had a fun conversation. The British fellow, James, rode on the golf cart with us down to parking . . . in pouring rain. Arrived at the car quite wet and got everything in the trunk and our GPS set for the sheep farm up in the Lot where we are spending the next week.

One of the resident sheep dogs

One of the resident sheep dogs

Cliffs opposite Saint-Cirq-Lapopie

Cliffs opposite Saint-Cirq-Lapopie

We had no trouble except the occasional very hard rain. Stopped at an Aire (highway rest stop) for gas and breakfast, and again for lunch north of Toulouse. Finally got off the AutoRoute and headed into wild country, the Parc Naturel Régional des Causses du Quercy. What we could see through the rain was impressive. We drove right to our gite and were greeted by a baying hound and two sheep dogs, mother and pup . . . and no one else. We wandered around looking for someone because there were several cars parked. Finally Madame’s husband appeared, announced he had nothing to do with his wife’s business, and suggested we call her but said we’d have to walk up the hill to the end of the driveway for my phone to work. He then disappeared never to be seen again. We walked up the hill and called but were sent to voice mail so we decided to drive to nearby St. Cirq Lapopie for groceries. Got there to discover they have closed the easy parking lot entrance so by default, we went on down to the next town. Found no grocery store so back up to St. Cirq to find the new parking entrance.

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, a Plus Beau Village of France

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, a Plus Beau Village of France


Parked and walked down, down, down into town and stopped at the tourist office where the lady said the nearest grocery was closed on Monday. Sigh . . . Back in the car and back to the gite where no one was home. I texted the hostess that we’d arrived and she texted back that her friend would arrive in five minutes to let us in. Soon Berenice showed up and let us in and gave us the key. She helped us find the washer and she collected the tax de sejour and left, giving us her phone number in case of problems. Ed hauled the luggage upstairs and we set off for Cahors looking for a supermarket. No problem, so we stocked up for the week and walked to the pharmacy for aspirin and cough drops. The young pharmacist couldn’t quite figure out what I wanted despite a helpful French woman explaining “cough drops” in French. I finally pulled one out of my pocket and showed it to him and he figured it out.

The Tourist Office of Saint-Cirq with the Château in the background

The Tourist Office of Saint-Cirq with the Château in the background

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, a Plus Beau Village of France

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, a Plus Beau Village of France

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, a Plus Beau Village of France

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, a Plus Beau Village of France

Back yard of our Gite de France near St. Cirq Lapopie

Back yard of our Gite de France near St. Cirq Lapopie


Back to the gite where Ed started a laundry while I put away groceries and located everything. We had a French picnic for supper watching a grey heron who seems to live in our back yard. The laundry took over an hour and a half but we got it all on the hanging rack. I got all my electronics on the gite wifi and I think we’re all set. Whew . . .

A dry stone borie just up the road from our gite.

A dry stone borie just up the road from our gite.

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Posted by Beausoleil 14:21 Archived in France Tagged animals driving sheep farms lot carcassonne

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A lovely-looking village but what a shame about the unfriendly welcome. I suspect he and his wife don't see eye to eye about her running that business!

by ToonSarah

When we checked out at the end of the week, Berenice came over to check us out and it seemed she didn't think much of the husband either. We never did find out why the wife was gone the entire week. We didn't see either spouse while there. This is extremely unusual for Gites de France. They are usually very friendly and helpful hosts. I guess there is a first time for everything . . .

by Beausoleil

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