I am very lucky to have two dear friends, Penny and Annie, who live in the Lot. I try to visit at least once a year, if I can, as I am always made to feel so welcome and it is such a beautiful area of France. Last year I wrote about Scott Thornley’s exhibition of charcoal drawings in Gourdon.
As photographers, Penny and I try to go out for at least one excursion with our cameras, and this year we walked along the river Lot between Bouziès and Saint Cirq Lapopie, on the recommendation of Malcom Lewis. The walk is supposed to take about an hour but with all our stopping and starting, it ended up taking us substantially longer! The towpath is carved into the rock, and at the end of the walk is a steep climb up to the beautiful village of Saint Cirq Lapopie.
‘The medieval town, with thirteen listed historic buildings, is one of the most beautiful villages in France. Perched on a cliff three hundred feet above the river Lot, St. Cirq Lapopie is one of the most important sites in the Lot Valley.’
When we eventually made it to the top, we were rejuvenated by a cone possibly the best ice-cream ever made, though the heat may have effected my judgement! The views of the valley are stunning and if you set off early, it would be the perfect setting for a leisurely lunch.
Text and images © Jonathan Dredge