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Jul 15, 2006 - Adieu Souillac

Well, if you've made it this far in the journal, you will now be rewarded with your special treats--additional media and websites to check out! Well the first treat was going to be video clips, but they are all in ASF format, which is unsupported by this site. And, I don't feel like taking the time to figure out how to convert them. So, too bad. If you want them I can email separately. But, I also have some interesting web sites to pass along for your delectation. First, Dennis and his wife Jackie are both now artists with their work on the...

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Jul 13, 2006 - Hike to Gluges via Martel

In the 8th Century Charles Martel halted the invasion of the Moors in the Dordogne, thus saving them from high cholestorol levels via the consumption of too much foie gras. To offer thanks, he built the church in Martel. I suspect his men would have been happier with a little extra money on their paychecks at the end of the year, instead. Unfortunately, I spent most of my time at lunch with a bottle of Samur in the park--no half bottles available this time--a nice red made in the Loire (typically known for its white Chenin Blanc as you...

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Jul 11, 2006 - Cycle to Rocamadour via Carennac; Padirac Caves

Carennac is much like Beaulieu, with cobbled streets, etc. etc., complete with its own 12th Century Romanesque Church. The tympanum here shows Christ in his majesty, with 11 apostles to either side. What happened to the 12th? Perhaps the town exhausted its public works budget for 1300. Carennac is also known for its typical 'Quercy' architecture. I think that has something to do with the roofs! The most interesting part of the day for me was pausing in Padirac to see the 'Gouffre de Padirac, the "Chasm of Padirac." 75 m deep and 30 m wide,...

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