Albas to Cabrerets

What a beautiful place to park up for the night. Right next to the River Lot, and so peaceful.

After a morning busy with the laptop, but with the bonus of being sat in the sun with that great view, we headed off to Luzech in search of a bargain lunch and a stroll round the town.

We were pushing our luck to get lunch at gone 1:30pm, and despite the proprietor’s sucking in air through her teeth, Sophie persuaded her to feed us. I wasn’t totally sure what she offered us, but we knew it wouldn’t cost much, and were lunching outside in the sun anyway, so who cares. Can’t remember when we last did that. As it happened, we were served one Moroccan style chicken with couscous, and one vegetable quiche. I’m not sure how she did it but like a magician Sophie managed to make the chicken appear in front of her and there was no mention of the rule that we halve dishes to be fair 🙄.

The food was very good at Quai Cinq, the small pichet of Rosé cost €3, the desserts were home made and excellent (again not much sharing going on with those either), and with one coffee it all came in at a very reasonable €27.

After a walk round the backstreets and then making good use of Luzech’s motorhome services, we continued our meandering along the Lot. We popped into Cahors, somewhere we’d visited a few years ago, and had a much-needed restock in Lidl. Sophie also wanted to achieve a drive-by of the town’s iconic ancient La Valentre bridge. We had a good mooch around it last time so there was no need to get out the van this time. In fact, I managed to drive by it three times due to a disagreement with the SatNav, so Sophie will have dozens of photos to sort through now.

After getting caught up in some minor rush hour traffic we were back on our Lot Valley tour proper and enjoyed a drive along the North bank this time, continuing Eastwards. After the town of Bouzies, we hung a left and headed up the Cèlé Valley to Cabrerets, recommended by our Michelin guide, “Escapades en Camping-Car”.

I’d seen a couple of promising Park4nights up here. We checked out the first one, which would have been near the river, but also the road, albeit probably a very quiet one. It would have been absolutely fine but we thought we’d look at the other option too. This one was a bit further out, on a quieter road, and very picturesque, below cliffs and alongside a modest babbling brook. So the chairs and rosé are out and it’s very nice indeed.

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