Travel Tips & Advice on “walking”

A Quick Tour Around Medieval Cabrerets, France

Cabrerets is located at the confluence of the Sagne and Cele Rivers, and dominated by a beautiful castle clinging to the cliff known as Chateau du Diable (Devils Castle). It is one of the oldest buildings from the Middle Ages and mentioned in a 1259 document. Once home of the lords of Barsac, it fells […]

Charming Hotel Auberge de la Sagne in Cabrerets, France

The Auberge de la Sagne in Cabrerets is located along the GR 651 a short walk from the center of town on the Route de la Grotte de Pech Merle. An old Quercy farmhouse that was once stables, it has only eight rooms without television (fine with me) and Wi-Fi is only available outside the restaurant. […]

Way of St. James Day 5: Sauliac to Cabrerets, France

The Cele River rises in the Massif Central and is one of the Lot’s principal tributaries, flowing for 136 kilometers/84 miles before joining the Lot River at Bouzies near Saint Cirq Lapopie. It is navigable for 84 kilometers/52 miles with many opportunities to canoe or kayak. Downstream of Figeac, the Cele runs through a landscape […]

Charming and Hospitable Le Picarel in Marcilhac sur Cele, France

I can’t say enough about new owners, Linda and Ian from the UK. They welcomed two exhausted people warmly, and immediately offered tea, coffee, beer, cake, cupcakes, and other snacks that we didn’t have the strength to swallow or chew. My mouth felt like sandpaper which is no wonder since little Fitbit said we walked over […]

Way of St. James: From Ste. Eulalie to Marcihac sur Cele

Today’s route notes said: 15 kilometers/9.3 miles, 4:15. Perhaps if the walk had begun in Espagnac at the gite but Les Anons du Cele is located in Ste. Eulalie and we had to walk an additional four kilometers/2.4 miles back in that direction. It only took 35 minutes to get back to Espagnac and I […]

Tiny Little Les Anons du Cele in Ste. Eululie, France

The hotel for tonight is little Les Anons du Cele in Ste. Eulalie, four kilometers/2.5 miles back down the trail from Espagnac as we discovered after walking past it; nothing like Hindsight is 20/20. Owned by Isabelle and Yves, they welcome guests to their Quercynoise Nineteenth Century home. This Chambre d’hôte (the French equivalent of […]

Way of St. James – Figeac to Espagnac-Sainte Eulalie

The well developed and official Way of St. James route passes through Conques, Figeac, Cahors and Moissac before reaching St Jean-Pied-de-Port in the foothills of the Pyrenees. It coincides with the GR65 long-distance footpath (for which an excellent series of Topoguides is published), and there are gites d’etape at comfortable intervals all along it; classic gites […]

Beautiful Figeac, France – A Town of Art and History

Figeac is part of a national network in France of Heritage town, “Villes et Pays d’art et d’histoire” (art and history). Approximately 153 towns are so named because of their historic environment, antiquity, and ability of qualified staff to explain this knowledge. Marine Steve and I did spend several days in Figeac seven years ago with […]

Hotel Restaurant Le Terminus St. Jacques – Figeac, France

The two-star Hotel Restaurant Le Terminus St. Jacques in located in front of the train station and in a beautiful building built in the beginning of Twentieth Century along the Way of St. James. Today it is a family hotel with 12 rooms all of which have a shower or a bath, WC, Television, and […]

The Way of St. James: Decazeville to Figeac

Again, distance was removed from what would have been another long walk of 29 kilometers/18 miles from Decazeville town to Figeac. Our Tour operator originally scheduled a 15 kilometer/9.3 mile walk beginning at St. Felix Church in Montredon but when detailed tour routing was given to us in France, we noticed it said 10 kilometers/6.2 […]