Saturday, July 28, 2012

Exploring St-Pierre-Toirac



The day that Lucie and I explored the fortified church in St-Pierre-Toirac, we also wandered around the village a bit. Looking at the huge cracks in this pigeonnier, I wondered whether it was safe to go inside. But being an intrepid explorer, I couldn't resist. I was rewarded with lots of pigeon poop and this shot of a few nesting baskets hung high on the walls...








We found the village lavoir....
a pretty green gate....
and a pot of basil...
I think the most intriguing thing we found, though, was this very old road leading from the pigeonnier to a small meadow a few hundred meters up the causse....
What you can't see in the photo is that the road is lined on each side with a low, dry stone wall that is almost completely covered by dirt, vines and bushes. You can see that the road is only wide enough for a wagon pulled by one horse or ox. It would be fun to know the history...just how old is it and where did it go? Mysteries to solve another day!

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