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.
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”.
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.
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.