A good night was had by all. A few cats had a bit of a howl, but that was before bed time, so no worries. As normal, a couple of neighbours had made a move by the time we had surfaced in the morning, then after some photo backing-up and making use of the free motorhome services we too were away.
Our first stop was the tiny, but perfectly formed, Bradigues. It even had a minuature aire to match, with nice little segregated parking bays, a neat entrance with bricked pillars and an open wooden gate, as well as the normal services. It was a very short stroll up to the village, which consisted of a short main street and a couple of parallel side roads. We were in and out in a short space of time, but the place definitely had plenty of charm.
My guide also pointed me towards Auvillar, one of the “Plus Beaux Villages de France”. This is an elite list of French villages that will rarely disappoint, and Auvillar was no exception. They also had a vide grenier/carboot sale going on, which always adds interest.
Sophie had mixed success with her negotiations though, walking away when given a higher than anticipated price of a couple of wine glasses, getting a metal trivet for free from another stallholder, and then failing to agree a price for 6 churros because the normal size was 12, and she felt 6 should be half price. I just pretended I didn’t know her 🙄😉.
We had a thorough walk around all the backstreets, contemplated lunch out, but given it was close to 2pm and that it was a Sunday, so no bargain set meals, this didn’t happen. At the time of writing it’s gone 5pm and I still appear not have been fed yet 😉.
After Auvillar, with its very convenient motorhome parking we were heading North to begin our guides “Les grands sites du Quercy“ tour at Puy l’Eveque. En route we came across another Plus Beaux Village, Lauzerte, by accident. A slightly larger hill town than Auvillar, but with decent motorhome services and parking. A very attractive town that is definitely worth a visit.
Continuing North we chanced upon the little village of Montcuq, well known for its tall domjon, or tower. We thought their motorhome aire/parking was a bit too near the main road for us but Park4night showed us a much quieter spot, a generous rural parking area, with pleasant country views and we could also see the village. Reviews promise us a quiet night, so let’s see how it goes. Not sure I can sleep on an empty stomach though, but I’m sure Sophie will successfully rustle something up as she almost always does 😁.