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your beauty, saint-cirq-lapopie, is not skin deep

The most beautiful medieval village in all of France, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, is stunning.  In 2012 a French television program elected it “le village préféré des français 2012” by a vote of its viewers.

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie rests on a ridge 100 meters above the Lot River.  To visit it the pèlerin following the Chemin de St Jaques de Compostelle must have been walking the Célé River Valley route (GR651) and must have taken another side trip after leaving Cabrerets.  Once arriving at the Lot River and crossing the bridge, a right turn and then a walk under the bridge takes one along the Lot River and to Saint-Cirq-Lapopie.  It is a short walk.  (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail.)

Who has not gone to the movies and seen an opening panoramic shot of a city?  New York City in Manhattan is a good example.  Let’s take a look at the surrounding area from on high.  From Saint-Cirq-Lapopie one can see far into the distance and below to the Lot River and the Lot River Valley.  (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail.)

Now let us turn our attention to the village itself.  From above one can look down onto the roof tops.  We can look a little closer, too.  (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail.)

Let us get closer to the village.  Let us walk through the streets and see its charms for ourselves.  (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail.)

Along the streets, of course, are the homes  (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail.)

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And, finally . . . the end of the walk . . . the last residence in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie.  (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail.)

I stayed the night at L’Auberge du Sombral.

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