During the time I was living in France, I had some time to explore the interesting places around the region of the Pyrénées. This is the gorgeous ice-capped mountain range that I could see clearly during the autumn months from the lovely balcony of our apartment in Toulouse. It separates the south of France from the north-east of Spain, which is what is known as Catalunya. I was living with my husband and newborn daughter in the capital of the region of Midi-Pyrénées, which is the old city of Toulouse, also known as La ville rose. This appellation came from the rich red color of the bricks of most houses in this beautiful city, full of history and culture and great food, with very warm and friendly people.
Recently, though, they are renaming and combining certain regions around the Pyrénées. These combined regions are now known as Occitanie. In this region, you will find Rocamadour, an ancient village nestled in a gorge above the Dordogne river, with houses precariously jutting right out of the rocks and cliffs.
Pilgrims are quite numerous in this place, mostly elderly people. It’s quite convenient for them because there are elevators, although you need to pay to use them. There is also a grotto, which could be interesting for some, but the guided tour is only done in French. What interested me most was climbing on top of the tower, which offers a breath-taking birds-eye view of the place. And also the spectacular view at the tourist information area — the picture that is found at the topmost of this page.
This was probably one of the best places I have ever visited in this region. You get the feeling of being transported back in time, arriving at this place. The Game of Thrones vibe is thick in the air. I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to visit such an amazing place.
Thanks for dropping by and have a good weekend! 🙂