15 Sep 11: La Romieu to Condom

Route: La Romieu to Condom 16 km.

Route an unremarkable sequence of harvested fields, occasional patches of shady woods, generally downhill but not always. I loathe loose gravel, especially on descents, and I vote for the road crews having to actually march on their roads. Walked with a friend most of the day. Crossed one very old stone bridge, an hour out of Romieu so it must have supported wagon travel over the creek to market there. Or perhaps stone for construction of the Cardinal’s palace. Must date to the 1200’s or so. We rounded a bend to discover Les Normands en tableau in a field of blooming sunflowers – a grand photo session ensued. This is our last day walking with this group and I will miss their friendship and cheerfulness. They have included me in their family – a real Chemin blessing. Midday stop at a Romanesque chapel in excellent repair, complete with timbered wooden roof.

Lodging: CH Les Angelots. Condom is a large town and it took some wandering to find my CH. The cathedral here is very good Gothic, with detailed stonework on the ambulatory screen. The CH is down by the river, only 200m off the GR (if I had actually stayed on it). Nice room with private bath. Wifi let me get all caught up on blog posts. But dinner wasn’t served until 8 pm! And the French men-folk were nattering on. So finally I excused myself at 9:45 for bed.

Cuisine:  Starter was shirred eggs with salad vinagrette; main was pan fried duck breast with pan fried potatoes and haricots vert. Cheese course included bleu and chevre. Dessert was a pain perdu with vanilla ice cream and topped with homemade preserves. Aperitif was Floc from the locality. Lovely meal but late!


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