Tasha & Kiri's Winter En France travel blog

walking into Conques

Ste Foy Abbey Conques

cobbled pilgrims path into churchyard

inside Ste Foy Abbey Conques - though Peter's photos are much better!

the dome

medieval walls, priory, and valley at Conques

old and new storm drains (I like the old much better)

stone house in medieval Conques

Conques Abbey and town from above


Ever since Peter Coffman showed me his beautiful photographs of Conques years ago, I’ve wanted to go there. It became a pilgrimage destination of sorts for me; quite apart from its significance on the Camino of St. Jacques.

But it’s difficult to access! There is no train and buses, I learned, provide service only in summer. Therefore, it was necessary to rent a car and drive ourselves there.

From Albi to Rodez by train, where we collected our little “Twingo” car at the station and bumbled our way out of town, following signs pointing to Conques.

It was worth it. What a picturesque town and abbey… as you can see for yourselves.

We visited the abbey, picnicked in the sunshine in the Brothers’ garden, gazed at the river in the deep valley below us, walked the long way through town back to our parked car, and left feeling satisfied.

We still had a lot of ground to cover in the 48 hours we had the car!

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