Saturday, January 29, 2011

Grand Views

Okay, so the road didn't exactly end, just the pavement did. It continued on as dirt, up, up and up. No more houses, though, just these signs stapled onto an occasional tree. I asked Christiane about them later, and she told me they indicate hiking trails on the causse. Lucie and I continued on, stopping often to rest and catch our breath. At each stop I'd think about turning back, but of course, I never did; we just kept going up and up. I spied a petit chemin a la gauche** and decided we should explore that direction for awhile. This was our reward....
In the upper left you can just see Montbrun. In the center on the other side of the river is Saujac, and below is Cadrieu. The big building is the Chateau. The bright sun didn't make for a dramatic photo, but the view was grand!

I zoomed in on Jean's place with the big evergreen in the yard....

I zoomed out to catch the farmers' fields lining the Lot...
And we continued walking the edge of the causse. I momentarily thought about  a conversation we'd had at language class earlier in the week. The subject was VIPERS! which is what the French and British call any poisonous snake. This was definitely viper country...plenty of rocks and sun-facing hillsides and cliffs. The day was mild; mild enough to draw vipers out of their winter nests?? Nah! we saw nary a hint of one. I did worry a bit, though, about the loose rocks and those steep cliffs. A wrong step, and I could slide a long ways before I stopped. Would Lucie play 'Lassie' for me and run for help? Hmmm...it was another unsubstantiated worry. I was careful and had no problem. And as we walked even further up river, Cajarc came into view...


There's been a bridge across the Lot at Cajarc since the 12th century. The current bridge was built in the 1800's.
Lucie and I re-traced our path headed back towards the road. When we reached it, there was a decision to make....continue up? or return home? Tune in tomorrow for the answer!

***petit chemin a la gauche--little path on the left.
Both links to Cajarc are in French, but worth a look especially if you can translate the page on your computer. The old photos are really cool!

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