Cajarc - Limogne-en-Quercy - Varaire - Bach - Vaylats
Big day today - 33 kms from Cajarc to Vaylats plus an extra 3 or 4 late this afternoon for not paying attention. Less said the better. Blue skies, feeling strong and a flat path for the most part, so thought I would make the most of it today to walk on to the small village of Vaylets - which means just 24 kms to Cahors tomorrow.
Cahors is a mediaeval city almost entirely surrounded by water. By all accounts it's lovely. Hopefully I'll be there by mid afternoon - plenty of time to wander around. Did I mention in an early post that daylight saving started here on 1 April? Already, it's light until after 9.
It's nearly 9 now as I begin this update so I'll make it a short one - not just that it's getting late (by pilgrim standards) but the internet coverage is 'shaky'. I'm just back from dinner with 7 other pilgrims and about 20 nuns - some very old indeed. We are staying in the convent in Vaylets - or at least a building which was once part of the convent and has been refurbished for pilgrims. The rooms are simple, but comfortable and spotless, as are the bathrooms. I love it. I ran out of time today but will try to take a few photos before I leave in the morning.
I was going to give a full report on dinner last night with Evelyne and family - but will do that tomorrow from Cahors when hopefully I'll have more time and the connection will be more stable. In summary, it was wonderful, right up there as a special and memorable Camino experience. The food was as French and fabulous as you could imagine. And the conversation flowed - sort of - thanks to everyone's generosity and patience and Evelyne translating when we got 'stuck'. I would not have imagined I could feel so at home and welcome with four complete strangers, five including Aliane the cocker spaniel. More tomorrow.
Before I sign off, great to hear from you - Julie, Deb, Mike, Judy, Rosanne, Clare, Audrey and Carlo. Thank you for your news from home and good wishes.
I had hoped to catch up on my individual replies to emails but time has gotten away from me again tonight. It must seem strange that I always seem to be busy but by the time you walk for between 7 and 9 hours, find the gite, get settled in the gite, unpack, wash yourself and your undies, upload photos, try to have a drink before dinner, have dinner etc ... I know, it's a tough life. Will try again tomorrow.
Photos tonight not from today's walk but from the beautiful town of Cajarc!