Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Day 14, 8/6/2016, Wednesday, First Rest Day in Cahors

We had planned for a couple of days in Cahors to rest so our start was slow with a later breakfast at our gite. Early walkers had already fled the coop when we arrived in the kitchen/dining room but at the table we had breakfast with three German women who were starting their Camino this morning from Cahors. 

The owners of the gite aim to make their place like a home so we had a few extra options for breakfast including muesli, brioche and a variety of teas and yoghurt. 

Wednesday is market day so the area in front of the nearby cathedral was filled with stalls laden with fresh vegetables and fruit, meats, cheeses, spices,  flowers and clothes. A few musicians were in operation to enhance the wonderful ambience of the market. 

We enjoyed sitting in the medieval cathedral and having a look at the early parts as well as the updates over the centuries, including some contemporary stained glass. 

In the afternoon it was sweltering so we did the French thing and had a siesta, caught up on some more washing and got around the old part of the city to see more sights. There is a lovely atmosphere about the city with more local families than we have seen in other towns, plus lots of tourists and pilgrims drifting in from the mid-afternoon.  

Our gite is in a superb location being smack in the middle of the historic part of the town, only a stone's throw from the river with the cathedral and market halls a similar distance in other directions. 

To some extent, our bodies feel ready to keep walking on but the rest will do us good and will freshen us up for the rest of our journey. 

C'est la Vie

Geoff & Lyn Pound

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