This morning with it looking pretty cloudy and rain threatening we decided to abandon the Pyrenees and head north to the Lot valley.
After another cafe breakfast sitting outside of coffee and pastry I wandered off to the touristy area of Pau near the Chateaux to try to find a souvenir of the town with the distinctive name. In contrast to the buzzy place it had been the last couple of days there was almost nothing open, but I did find one shop with what I was looking for.
We had 160km to cover so we took the toll autoroute for the first half of the trip. Then cut off through a large area of forest stopping at the first village for a coffee and to pick up filled rolls for lunch. Villeneuve-sur-Lot is a pretty small city in the Lot river.
It’s raining a bit and Mark has just gone out for some snacks. A largish camembert for 1.63 Euro and a nice bottle of rose for 2.60 Euro.
After an hour or two relaxing and some wine and cheese the rain stopped and we decided on a walk heading through this lovely town with stone entry gates to many streets, half timbered buildings butting onto equally old stone ones. The view across the river was quite spectacular with more half timbered houses perched high on the bank. We went over an old stone bridge , along the other side of the river then back across another with a great view of the first bridge. And I managed this walk quiet comfortably without my walking pole.
We were only marginally hungry after our snack but it seemed a shame to let any potentially good restaurant go un-tried so we I had a ham, melon,lettuce and tomato salad while Mark was more adventurous with a salad of smoked duck, duck liver and pate on lettuce with an interesting cake like bread for the pate.
Bed time now!