So I’ve been unable to access the internet during these past few weeks since I have spent my time working as an English teacher in Cahors – a town situated in the region of Midi-Pyrénées. I was living in the grandfather’s house whose grandchildren I was teaching. Therefore, I was unfortunately unable to blog.
Nevertheless, I was able to indulge in the region’s finest wine and food that was generously offered every day by the children’s grandfather. I was also lucky enough to be shown around the surrounding areas – a big perk of the job.
Apart from experiencing the dreaded flash of the speed camera on the first day back driving on the right hand side of the road and having to be rescued from a tree twenty metres above the ground at ‘acrobranche’, the past three weeks have been a great experience. Unfortunately for my blogging views, there is no photographic evidence of these events however, I did manage to take a few snaps of the idyllic views and charming medieval towns in the area.
It comes to no surprise as to why this village was voted as ‘le village préferé des francais’ in 2012. Perched on top of a steep cliff, this charming village offers a breathtaking view of the countryside and the Lot river. The cobbled streets escalate, descend, twist, wind and criss-cross in between the housing whose rooftop windows and red slated rooftops are exquisite features of the medieval village.
Only 43200000km away from Venus, Beaugarde has preserved it’s historical features in the town such as ‘le baignoire’ where locals used to assemble to wash their clothes. You are able to sit on the same rocks on the border of ‘le baignoire’ where women used to perch their bottoms on and talk about the on goings of the village. It’s great to see history at its very rawest.
Many footsteps later, we finally reached the peak of chateau de penne. This castle provides an excellent family day out and brings history alive. Although the castle is in ruins, you are able to see the castle being restored by builders who are wearing 12th century themed outfits and applying the same materials and techniques builders used when the castle was occupied.
Cruising along the cliffs, you become a first hand witness of the produce which is being grown and will be later displayed and sold in the local markets. Acres of land is devoted to vineyards, sunflowers and fruit trees that harvests the most delicious fresh produce I’ve ever tasted.
History geek or not, if you’re a foodie like me, Midi-Pyrénées is the place to go to!