Montcuq to Albas

I went for a walk in the evening, whilst Sophie reckoned she’d had sufficient exercise with the day’s sight-seeing. The countryside around us was gorgeous and beautifully illuminated in the evening sun. We’re great fans of the maps.me app which works offline, because in situations like this I can immediately check out what roads and paths will create a pleasant circular walk.

I then did a recce of Montcuq, getting some photos in the great light, in case the weather turned bad the next day. Sophie later told me that 2 or 3 of my photographic efforts might be of a suitable standard for the blog. Great 🙄.

Anyway, my visit wasn’t wasted as I was able to ascertain that this was a town worth visiting and we both enjoyed a stroll round it in the morning. We’d contemplated a bargain set menu lunch, but decided that the two options of turkey with spaghetti and tomato sauce or salmon in a Thai sauce weren’t exactly the typical French cuisine we’d been anticipating, so thought we’d pass on that idea.

We then headed North towards Puy l’Eveque along some great and picturesque minor roads. Sophie warned me that on arrival at Puy l’Eveque she’d be expecting me to find a suitable spot on the South bank of the river Lot, opposite the town, because this was the ideal photo opportunity. Fortunately for me we came across a car park at the exact required position, so that saved me a headache.

Delighted to have found this spot, Sophie went on to put together a very good feta and avocado salad to enjoy as we took in Puy l’Eveque in all it’s glory. Just over the bridge there was very convenient parking for us, and we took a stroll round the town’s lovely ancient streets. This place is most certainly worth a visit if you can.

We checked out the official motorhome aire after that and then were off. A few years ago we’d chanced upon the Lot Valley and decided then that it was an area worthy of further investigation. We’re back now, again mainly by accident, but this time we’ll be savouring it more.

So this afternoon we began our trundle along the D8 along the South bank, as directed by Michelin’s “Escapades en Camping Car”, and it is delightful. Our first stop was at Albas, a small ancient village that is built on a steep and high river bank. It’s a lovely place to explore and after checking out the next town of Luzech, which was a bit too busy for us we headed straight back to Albas and created a new Park4night down by the river, below the elevated town.

I’m writing this sat with a glass of rosé in one hand and literally the River Lot by my feet. Bliss.

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