72 Photos - Jul 20, 2013
Photo: In summer of 2013, our house near Cahors was a base for short trips around southwest France. The pictures which follow are a combination of scenics, artistic shots and  more ordinary pictures pictures to show some of what we saw. Enjoy!

Here we're seen at a western-themed  Franco-American July 4th event in Cahors.Photo: St-Martin-de-Vers - Evening. Our house is on the right.Photo: A gray day shows how St-Martin-de-Vers may have looked in earlier times - taken from just outside our front gate.Photo: Millpond - St-Martin-de-VersPhoto: La Place, St-Martin-de-VersPhoto: Blue Tit in our yardPhoto: Early morning at Marinette's, our wonderful neighbor who often leaves flowers or vegetables on our doorstep.Photo: Marinette's BenchPhoto: Shutter and Roses at Marinette'sPhoto: Detail of Old sign, SMDVPhoto: Sunset in St-Martin-de-VersPhoto: Moon and Apple Tree in Fages, a hamlet in the hills above SMDV.Photo: Friday morning market in Cabrerets, LotPhoto: "What do you think...?"  - Labastide-Murat brocante (antique/flea market)Photo: Postcard vendor - Labastide-Murat brocante (antique/flea market)Photo: "You don't find 'em like this anymore." - Labastide-Murat brocante (antique/flea market)Photo: Panorama of Cahors, situated in an oxbow of the Lot River. The Pont Valentre, its famous medieval bridge, is toward the upper left (below the modern highway viaduct).Photo: Villa Malbec wine sampling bar, CahorsPhoto: Pont d'Ouysse, BelcastelPhoto: Forest - Dordogne  valleyPhoto: Hut and old machinery beside the river - Villeneuve-sur-LotPhoto: Archaelogists at work - documenting a Roman site in Villeneuve-sur-Lot.Photo: Roman artifacts from the excavation site in the archaeology museum, Villeneuve-sur-Lot.Photo: Larroque-Toirac, a privately-owned chateau in the Lot.Photo: Flowering Tree and Pigeonnier, Larroque-ToiracPhoto: Shutter - SoulomesPhoto: Antique tools - Soulomes vide grenier (flea market)Photo: Millpond Reflections, SMDVPhoto: Stream & Flowers, CreyssePhoto: 11th C. Romanesque Church - Rampoux, FrancePhoto: Tree in Sunflower Field near Rampoux, FrancePhoto: On a Country Road in the Vers ValleyPhoto: Bicycle race at Fages, now a regular feature of our annual village fete. Contestants came from as far as Japan.Photo: Retraite aux Flambeaux (torchlight parade), another regular feature of the SMDV village fetePhoto: Fete dinner, SMDV. The people of the village get together to prepare and serve a dinner for 400 people. (These ladies are relatives and friends of one of our neighbors.)Photo: SMDV fete dinner - a good time is had by all.Photo: Feu d'Artifice - Highlight of our village fete dinner is the midnight fireworks show.Photo: Chateau de Mons, Auvergne. Privately-owned, it houses a noted collection of 18th C. prints. (We didn't visit inside.)Photo: La Chaise-Dieu, Auvergne. We attended several concerts at a music festival here.Photo: Instrument Maker's Display - La Chaise-DieuPhoto: Blacksmith - Auvergne Festival in St-Pal-de-SenouirePhoto: Ladies in Costume - Auvergne Festival  in St-Pal-de-SenouirePhoto: Testing the Dance Floor - Auvergne Festival  in St-Pal-de-SenouirePhoto: Basilique Saint-Julien de BrioudePhoto: Auzon, France - street scenePhoto: The Dordogne at ArgentatPhoto: Argentat - weeds in the DordognePhoto: Blue Altar - Monceaux-sur-Dordogne - Late-afternoon sun through the stained-glass at right projected the window's image onto the altar. It was really dark in there, and a photographic challenge to bring out detail in the chapel without washing out the projected image.Photo: The Chateau (now a retirement home) at Montsalvy, an interesting old town in the Cantal, about an hour and a half east of us. (All retirement homes should have a bar across the street!)Photo: Steeply-sloping vineyards of Le Fel, Aveyron, a little-known region that produces a decent red winePhoto: Vieillevie, AveyronPhoto: Panorama  of Bozoul - a curious town in Aveyron built on the rim and point of a steep oxbow chasmPhoto: Le Lepadou Bas - a B&B where we stayed near St-Chely-d'AubracPhoto: Aubrac Farmhouse - it was a gray day so the photo looks just as good in b&wPhoto: Misy Morning in the Aubrac, big dairy countryPhoto: Lion head on carved wooden bench - Aubazine, CorrezePhoto: Weir and old mill (now a restaurant) near AllasacPhoto: Canoe near Allasac, CorrezePhoto: Estaing, Aveyron - The chateau is the family home of former French president Valery Giscard-d"EstaingPhoto: Chateau de Pompadour, Correze - home of Louis XIV's most famous mistressPhoto: Pompadour also houses the French National Stud Farm, and horse trials were being held on the rainy day we visited.Photo: More of the horse trials at Ch. de PompadourPhoto: Segur-le-Chateau, CorrezePhoto: View from Monastere de Jassoneix, near Meymac, Correze. Diana met up here with childhood friend Colette, who used to be a resident.Photo: The new chapel at  Monastere de JassoneixPhoto: Peaches -  Monastere de Jassoneix, Meymac, CorrezePhoto: Prieure de Port-Dieu, Correze. This church once stood on a hill above a small village. The village is now under the waters of a reservoir, and the church is near the shore.Photo: Chateau de Val, Cantal. This was a hilltop castle before the waters of a reservoir advanced nearly to its gates.Photo: Market Square, Martel, LotPhoto: Pottery display in a crafts market - Martel, LotPhoto: Shortly before returning to the US, we visited Domaine La Berangerie, a family-run Cahors producer we've become acquainted with.Photo: Tourists at Domaine La Berangeraie