Yesterday we made our way across the Pyrenees the easy way – through an 8 kilometre tUnnel and continue driving through the most stunning countryside before hitting the calmer more agricultural lowlands. We arrived in Condom in the late afternoon under a searing hot sun and went to the tourist information to ask about cheap accommodation. We ended up in the Carmel monastery where the pilgrims take refuge! Deja vue for me, a bit of an experience for Lynn. They just had one room with a double bunk bed and a double bed in it left. We passed through the familiar dormitory with people resting and took up residence. We went into town and to the open air swimming pool that I had seen on the way in where we spent a very pleasant time swimming and lying around before they closed at seven.
In town we found an Italian restaurant where the food was average, serves us right for not eating French, but the Armagnac was delicious. This morning we shared a simple breakfast with the pilgrims before bidding our hosts a fond farewell. All for 15. Euros each! We travelled along country roads to Cahors before starting to join the major roads to make more spEed to get us to the ferry on time but first we have stopped in Tournon d’Agenais and we never want to leave. France is so genteel after the drama of Spain, we have bought delightful patisserie for our picnic and I know I am not going to see this kind of splendour again for a while.