Thursday, November 4, 2010

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie ...

... map of the Causses of Quercy regional park ...
  
... Saint-Cirq-Lapopie ...
Lot Department - Midi-Pyrénées region,
historic province of France: Quercy
in south-western France ...
  
... St-Cirq-Lapopie dramatically overhangs
the river Lot clinging precariously to a
rocky outcrop high above the river ...
source: frenchentree.com
  
... view from the Bancourel belvédère ...
   
... the fortified Saint-Cyr church ...
   

... the square churchtower with sundial ...
         
  
... quercy houses (15th; 16th century)
  
... the maze of narrow alleyways and fine half-timbered
houses with their corbelled façades bear witness to
the importance of this village in the Middle Ages...
source: viamichelin.com
  
... view on the Lot Valley direction le Port-de-St-Cirq ...  
   
... beneath the Saint-Cirq Lapopie cliff there are
watermills, weirs, harbours, locks and towpath
to recall the days when river transport
was the glory of the Lot Valley ...
source: quercy-tourisme.com
  
... steeply pitched "tuilot" roofs - thin terracotta tiles
from the Lot (made from the local blood-coloured clay)
Each wall is built from amber-coloured limestone
taken from the surrounding prairies. Each door and
wooden shutter is cut from brown oak from the Causse,
which is as hard as steel. This results in a vibrant fusion
of textures and colours, nature and architecture. ...
source: lost-in-france.com
  
... view on the Lot Valley direction Bouziès ...
     
Saint-Cirq-Lapopie ...  (EN-FR)
by quercy-tourisme.com
...a stop at the bank of time ...

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