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    • Day 13

      Medieval meanderings

      May 19, 2023 in France ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      Packing up from the banks of the Dordogne we saw our first canoeists powering by. Looks like it's going to be a busy weekend on the river...
      We had a short journey to Figeac. A place that gets a few mentions in the guidebooks. So we snuck into the campsite before lunch. Our pitch is like a meadow with wild flowers and mint growing in the grass. We had a bacon sandwich and cycled into town. Tourist office showed us a guided walking tour so we set off. 2 hours later still discovering this splendid town. We have never seen so many perfectly preserved medieval buildings in one place before.
      Also, it's the birthplace of Jean- Francois Champollion. The chap who deciphered the rosetta stone in Egypt...
      Pedalled back to the site for curry and wine. Listening to a battle for auditory supremacy between a cuckoo and a cockerel .
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    • Day 14

      Jazz in Figeac

      May 20, 2023 in France ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      We had explored the town yesterday. The tourist office told us there would be jazz in the market in the morning so we had to go and take in both. And what a great morning we had. The market was the best we have seen in France. Lots of local produce, chickens roasting with tantalising smells, and then the jazz band arrived. They were great fun, dancing and weaving through the streets. Everyone was smiling and dancing along. We both agreed it was depressing that the UK chose to separate itself from this kind of joy....
      We had a coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice and soaked up the fun.
      Then off we went on a ride to a nearby hilltop town Capdenac. Great spot overlooking the Lot river. Perfect for picnic lunch. The village is Gallo/ Roman and closely tied to the knights templar and the pilgrim routes to Rocamadour and Santiago de Compostela. Lots of pilgrims about including one young man lugging a big cross on his shoulder.
      A great spin down afterwards back to the campsite through isolated wooded valleys.
      Great day all round. We have decided to join the European movement...
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