France

Les Plus Beaux Villages de France: The upper Dordogne, final day – Loubressac to St Cere

January 22, 2017
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For the first time in a weeks walking in the Dordogne we come across the walnuts being harvested. From the village of  Loubressac we followed the edge of the Parc Des Causses De Quercy to the Plus Beaux Village de France of Autoire, visiting the ancient Chateau des Anglais perched on the side of the […]

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Les Plus Beaux Villages de France: The upper Dordogne, Day 3, 4 and 5 – Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne to Loubressac

January 8, 2017
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October 12th: Rest day in Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne October 13th: Beaulieu to Carennac – 10.5 miles October 14th: Carennac to Loubressac – 9.5 miles   This  self-guided walk was booked through Keith Starr of Dordogne Experience. Day 3 was designated a rest day, but we didn’t really feel the need for a rest so we followed a circular […]

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Les Plus Beaux Villages de France: The upper Dordogne, Day 2 – Meyssac to Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne

December 18, 2016
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Those who regularly read this blog may notice a new logo for the UK Blog Awards to the right of this post. I have been nominated in the travel category. I would be very pleased if you would vote for me – before December 19th – by clicking on the logo to link to the voting […]

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Day 10: The Way of St James from Golinhac to Conques (13.4 miles)

September 27, 2012
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What to say? We have arrived at Conques. This has to be one of the most pretty towns I have ever visited. And our hotel- Auberge St Jacques- a stones toss away from the beautiful cathedral that sits in its centre. The hotel is as full of character as the rest of the town. I have […]

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Day 9: The Way of St James from Estaing to Golinhac (about 10 miles)

September 26, 2012
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Our itinerary for the walk and all accommodation was made by Sherpa Walking Holidays. Our walking notes warned us firmly that we had to have our bags ready for collection at 8, so we breakfasted in the gloomy early morning light at 7.30. The range of what we had been offered for breakfast had been […]

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Day 8: The Way of St James from St Come d’Olt to Estaing (10.6 miles)

September 25, 2012
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Deafeated by lack of available wifi today. So sorry for lack of blog today. Here’s a few pics from a lovely, lovely day. Ok, here’s a late night update. Bob and I are sitting opposite the church and below “chez D’Estaing. An excellent supper was accompanied by a bottle and a half of VDQS Estaing. […]

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Day 7: The Way of St James from Chely D’Aubrac to St. Come d’Olt (10miles)

September 24, 2012
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Our itinerary and all our accommodation was arranged by Sherpa Walking Holidays. It was tipping it down when I looked out of the window at 7, this morning. And it was still raining by the time we left the hotel at 8.45. Well, that’s why we carry waterproofs. A lot of people are walking the […]

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Day 6: The Way of St James from Nasbinals to Chely D’Aubrac (10.6 miles)

September 23, 2012
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  If I confess that our drinks bill this morning was 63 euros and that we had had a couple of beers at another bar in this pretty village (where I increased my lead to 5 nil in the Conques to Rodez taxi fare Cribbage tournament), you’ll understand why we had a late start today. We were […]

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Day 5: The Way of St James between Aumont Aubrac to Nasbinals (16.2 miles)

September 22, 2012
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Our itinerary and all our accommodation was arranged by Sherpa Walking Holidays. We had quite a lot of rain in the night, but as dawn broke it revealed just a slightly drizzly morning. The croissants were good and they declined to accept my offer of payment for last nights wine. My French really wasn’t up […]

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Day 4: The Way of St James from Les Faux to Aumont Aubrac (13.1 miles)

September 21, 2012
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Our itinerary and all our accommodation was arranged by Sherpa Walking Holidays. Ear plugs and a sleeping pill ensured a good nights sleep and protected me from Bob’s snoring. The breakfast was disappointing. No pastries and the bread wasn’t fresh and the small plate of cheese available was clearly last nights leftovers. But it was […]

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Copyright Charles Hawes (2012)