January 18, 2018

Cahors ~ A French Gem

I’m sure when you think of France grand and romantic images pop in your mind!  There is a large part of France that is relatively unvisited, at least by US travelers.  I have had the fortune to visit some these less discovered areas. The French Basque region, Biarritz and St. Jean de Luz come to mind.

Today for Travel Photo Thursday I’m sharing a few pictures I took while visiting another undiscovered French gem, the Lot department in Southwest France.  We were specifically in and near medieval Cahors which is the capital of the region.  Cahors history dates back to Celtic times and besides the remains of a Roman Amphitheater offers a cathedral, wine museum and markets.Valentre Bridge Cahors France

The symbol of the town is the Valentre Bridge which dates back to 1308.  This bridge is a well used part of the Santiago de Compostela pilgrim trail.  Other villages in the area that are part of this trail include Rocamadour.

But today Cahors is possibly best known for its wine known as “The Black Wine”.Chateau de Mercues Lot region Cahors France

Since wine is an important part of the region you may want to stop for some wine tasting.  One wine estate that offers tasting is Chateau de Haute-Serre which is in the 13th century Chateau de Mercues. Besides wine the chateau is also a luxury hotel.Chateau de Mercues view Cahors France

Even in the haze, the surroundings are impressive!Lot region Cahors France

Truffles and walnuts are two items Cahors is also known for.  The walnuts make a great liqueur and you may want to enjoy Fenelon, a local aperitif made from local red wine, cassis and the wonderful local walnut liqueur!

The Lot and Cahors are a small part of the Midi-Pyrenees region in France and one of the areas I would like to explore in much more detail.


These photo’s are shared as part of Travel Photo Thursday.  For more great pictures, make sure to look into Budget Travelers Sandbox.

Maybe I’ll see you there.

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  2. Lovejoy says:

    This place is very interesting..I want to visit this..I am sure chocolates are really delicious..Thanks for sharing some photo..
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  3. robin says:

    Black Wine – there’s something to add to my drink-it-before-you-die list!
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  4. I’d be interested in seeing this part of France. A nice off the beaten path suggestion!
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  5. Jenna says:

    Beautiful place, and that bridge!. France is one of the places in Europe I first fell in love with back in my teens but I haven’t been there in ages.
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  6. Sophie says:

    I’ve heard of Black Wine, but never tried it. Can’t think why not… Love the bridge, too.
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  7. Such a lovely town! I love those old structures and I would really really enjoy boating in the river! (Dropping by from the Budget Travelers Sandbox Travel Photo Thursday)
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  8. Laurel says:

    I’m with Inka, but I’m curious as to why the wine is called “black wine”?
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  9. What moody, evocative pictures. I tend to give up on hazy days, but you got a prize-winning shot on that foggy day.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Thanks Vera! I’m such a novice at photography that I don’t know enough to not take pictures on hazy days 🙂

  10. inka says:

    Truffles, walnuts, castles, bridges!! Cahors, you are now on my list next time I’m in France.
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  11. More great pictures would love to travel as much as you do
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  12. Black wine? Chateaux? Cool bridges? You’ve covered it all!! 🙂
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  13. What a gem of a place. Love the bridge and the chateau.
    Thanks for sharing this, Debbie.
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  14. For once it’s not the food in a post that grabbed my attention (which truly is a shocker) but that bridge. AMAZING!
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  15. Sabrina says:

    I’ve never been there. Love the bridge in the first shot, really medieval!
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  16. Cahors looks great and the Chateau de Mercues looks like a lovely place to do some wine tasting. I haven’t been to southwest France, but I long to go there.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      There are a lot of lesser known regions in France that have fantastic wine. It would be great exploring the region more!

  17. Katherina says:

    Truffles and walnuts…? I have the feeling I’d love Cahors!! Beautiful pictures!
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  18. You had me at truffles, walnut and black wine =) What a charming town and I would love to visit this region of France someday. The bridge and castle look like they belong in one of those fairy tale villages.
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  19. Very interesting! I’ve always wanted to visit this region of France.
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  20. Dick Jordan says:

    A fellow living in my town just across the Golden Gate Bridge north from San Francisco made a walnut liqueur in the French style. It was quite tasty.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Thats interesting! I have read it is fairly easy to make liqueurs, just have not got around to it yet.

  21. Leigh says:

    I spent some time biking through this wonderful region. One day we happened on an old walnut mill – where they peeled the walnuts by hand and then pressed them into delicious oil. And they covered some of the walnuts with delicious chocolate.
    Your photos bring back great memories of one of our best biking trips. Loved Rocamadour too – even if it is touristy.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      What a wonderful memory! I don’t think I’ve ever had chocolate covered walnuts but I’d be willing to try a few 🙂


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