A Tour of the Bastides 2

Najac is usually a busy place, but on a rainy day in February we had it pretty much to ourselves

 

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After a tour and lunch in the only restaurant that was open The “Air du Temps” offered a warm welcome and a hand written menu, a good start. Basically a crepe and galette place. There was also a selection of daily specials. Everything was freshly made and good value.

On from Najac to Villefranche de Rouergue, a proper bastide and much bigger than Sauveterre. A very popular market is held every Thursday morning, but today the town is quiet and there is plenty of time to visit the cathedral, explore the medieval streets and stroll along the river (now the river has receded a bit! last time I was here the river had flooded the footpath.)

 

A Tour of the Bastides 1

We are lucky enough to have some fine example of bastide towns within easy driving distance, so on a misty morning in February we took our guests on a tour which included the nearest and with a little poetic justice the impressive town of Najac.Sauveterrre de Rouergue

 

First stop Sauveterre, a small but classic bastide town where the central square and the old town walls are very easy to see. The town attracts artists and artisans; there are workshops where you can buy paintings, drawings, sculpture, traditional knives and even hats. There are also several lunch options from the basic to the rather splendid “Le Sénéchal”

 

 

 

 

 

https://about-france.com/tourism/bastide-towns.htm

http://www.hotel-senechal.fr/

Spring?

Collage brochure

Spring with a question mark about sums it up. The long, cold and extraordinarily  wet winter has become a very wet spring. On odd days it suddenly feels like midsummer with temperatures in the 30s, but we are soon plunged back into the grey and damp, apparently while the UK has record high temperatures……..the irony!

It’s not all bad. Everywhere is a lush green and nature is still doing its stuff. Dandelions turn the some fields  turn yellow then white, others are white with daisies. The hedgerows are full of birds and flowers.

On balance I think I’ll stick with it!