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a way station in pasturat on the way to cahors

When one walks the Chemin de St Jacques de Compostelle (GR65) via the Célé River Valley (GR651), one begins to leave the Célé River Valley at Cabrerets.  The route parallels the river but the pèlerin does not walk along it.

After a descent from the ridge where you are walking, one arrives at a road that touches the Lot River.  It is necessary to cross the Lot here at a little community called Bouzies.

As I mentioned in an earlier post, one turns left at Bouzies to take a detour to Saint-Cirq-Lapopie or one continues ahead and veering right to continue to Cahors., the next large city with all the major facilities, including a train station.

Often pèlerins who are walking the Chemin in sections will stop in Cahors, take the train or bus to a major city, and later the following year will return to Cahors and continue the journey.

DAY 17 à Pasturat sur Le Chemin de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle par la vallée du Célé.

For some reason, which I don’t remember, I considered the walk too far for one day from Saint-Cirq-Lapopie to Cahors.  I left Saint-Cirq-Lapopie early, as usual, and found myself in Pasturat, the next village and my destination, at an hour that left me waiting for my hosts to welcome me.  How did it get so early so soon?  I had too much time to fill.  (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail.)

Pasturat has a few homes and a private vineyard and a church and not much else.  I don’t mind wasting time if I enjoy it.  The world was very quiet and the only thing I heard was my own heart.  If I had only known how to waste my time on Pasturat to make it important.  (Click on any photo to see it larger and in more detail.)

I had a comfortable stay and an excellent meal at Le Relais de Pasturat owned by Jacques and Anne-Marie Charazac.  It is a former farm house which has a swimming pool.

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  1. Jack D. #

    Mike –

    I should have commented well before now, but…. Anyway, I have enjoyed checking in with your “flaneur-ing” and have especially enjoyed your photographs. You have many professional quality ones, and you should consider getting one of those digital displays which cycles through a number of photos.

    Also, when did you pose for the illustration of the Flaneur? (The one that’s sort of a sepia, black and white and says :”Flaneur” vertically on the left.)

    See you next month.

    • Thanks. There is a display that cycles through the photos but you need to click on one of the photos, which will enlarge it, and then you will see a “>” sign which allows you to see the other photos in more detail.

      Je te remercie pour les compliments.

      The pose is quite good, isn’t it? Some time ago, when I was hanging out with a poet or two, I decided to dress a little differently and opted for une attitude française. What do you think? Does it suit me?

  2. hungryko #

    So, what did you eat at that farm house? I liked how you described the silence as being able to hear only your heart. Your heart must have been pounding hard.


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