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Report 2022: Nine Weeks in Country, France

By phirhon from Queensland, Australia, Spring 2012

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Page 4 of 12: Week 3 Aveyron, 7 April - 14 April

On Saturday we set off up through the hills with stops at Lagrasse and later at Brousse le Chateau, both Plus Beaux Villages. We especially enjoyed Brousse, despite what had become a cold, wet day.

This week we had an apartment below the owners' house on the edge of Marcillac. What a lovely village - red sandstone with black slate roofs - with an excellent boulangerie/patisserie and an intermarche with an excellent cheese counter. Plus the region has AOC wines. What more do we need! This is the area of the Causses, so deep valleys and high plateaux, great views and lots of pretty villages. It was very scenic, lush and green with hedged fields.

Over the week, we visited so many beautiful villages - Belcastel (I loved the stations of the cross in the church), Sauveterre de Rouergue, St Eulalie d'Olt, Muret le Chateau, Espalion, Entraygues, Estaing, Panat. One day we went to Conques which is quite gorgeous. We really enjoyed the Tresor -lavishly bejeweled and enameled religious artifacts. Later we meandered along the looping Lot river. How beautiful. The weather had turned cold and a bit showery, but we really enjoyed our stay in this lovely area.

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