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le chemin au routier dans miradoux

Miradoux is my destinati0n this day, the 23rd on the way to St-Jean-Pied-de-Port.  I made a point of going out of my way when leaving, turning right on the street in front on the chambre d’hôte where I stayed the night, and making my way to the rue d’Horloge and the clock tower with its arch, passing under it as I walked up rue de la Sauvetat to the village limits.

Let’s jump ahead and see my destination.

DAY 23 de Auvillar à Miradoux (peut-être 18km) sur Le Chemin de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle.

Miradoux is very small and quiet and much of it, including the post office and the store, were closed when I arrived.  (Recently, some students and parents were concerned about discontinuing their classes and protested.)

I reserved a room at L’Étape, a restaurant which had some rooms in the back.  Imagine a small town which serves as quick stop on the way to bigger places.  Voilà Miradoux.  The restaurant is a routier, or truck stop.

From Miradoux let’s look back toward the Way to Miradoux.  Remember: we saw some nuclear power plants from the hights of Auvillar.  As we arrive closer to Miradoux and look back, those plants are on the horizon and still spewing steam from their towers.

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Let’s continue walking backwards and let’s look again over our shoulders.

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A more pleasant site is the village of Flamarens, sitting on a small hill, with its 12th century Château de Flamarens, un monument historique since 1965.

Château de Flamarens

In Flamarens one can visit the Église Saint-Saturnin.  It has a small restaurant to the side.  It is being refurbished at the moment.  I suspect during the high season, it would be a wonderful stop for some light meals and refreshments.

Château de Flamarens

Passing at the limits of Auvillar, after having crossed under the closk tower, and continuing the hike, we are often helped with the signs posted along the route.

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Looking forward to tomorrow (in both senses), I will be seeking le village Lectoure, un des Villes et Pays d’Art et d’Histoire designé by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.

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