|Gite in Lascabanes - early morning|
|View of Lascabanes as we left|
The place we are staying at is called Ancien Presbytere, run by a British couple, who are very friendly and are pilgrims themselves. It is a converted abbey, very close to the church, and has a tremendous view of the countryside. The building itself is very stately, and beautifully built, with walls about a metre thick. Our room was on the second floor, with a wonderful view, and our own bathroom across the hall. This is the Chambre d'hôtes section, but they also have beds upstairs in a dormitory, that is the gite section. Last night we ate dinner with another pilgrim, a French lady, and we had cantelope and thinly shaved ham for the appetizer, then roast duck confit, green beans and roasted potatoes for the main course, and apple tart for dessert. A nice red wine accompanied it.
|View from our window in Montlauzun|
Later....what a morning! We put off leaving until 9:30am, hoping the rain would ease off. No luck, it absolutely poured, and before long we were mucking about on muddy slippery paths- the muck sticks to your boots like glue, which is not terrific, as your feet feel like lead! One part of the path soon after leaving Montlauzun, had ropes tied to the bushes to grab onto and hoist yourself up the hill! Thankfully we didn't need them. By the time we arrived in Lauzerte for a break, we were ready for it. No sooner had we gotten a table and we were joined by our Aussie friends that we had met in Cahors- they had cheated this morning and had taken a taxi for part of the walk, to escape the rain. She has a broken wrist, so they had a good excuse. They were staying in Lauzerte for the night, but we'll see them again in Moissac tomorrow.
|Lauzerte from a distance|
|St. Sernin Church, on the way to Durfort-Lacapelette|
|We bought a clump of these grapes- really good!|
Photos are attached....we didn't take many today, due to the rain.