Saint Cirq Lapopie (1)

After the sometimes frenetic chug around Cahors that’s featured in the previous two weeks, there was time for a more considered look round the nearby village of Saint Cirq Lapopie. Classified as one of ‘Les Plus Beaux Villages de France’ – which seems fair enough – this place is not for the faint hearted, as it’s built on the side of a hill and most of the streets are narrow and steep.

This first image gives some indication of the slopes you are likely to encounter:

One problem with narrow streets, of course, is that you can’t always get enough distance to frame a shot as you might like:

Most of the houses are still occupied, whether by private residents or – equally likely – bijou souvenir or craft shops:

Finally, for this week, the pristine but sympathetic door of an exhibition space:

Thursday Doors 26 October 2017

9 Comments on “Saint Cirq Lapopie (1)

  1. Wowsa, these are unique doors. I kind of want to [no need to] know what’s on the other side of them. Great photos.

  2. I always enjoy your entries, as they take me right back to France. The steepness you mentioned reminds me of Plombières-les-Bains or some of the villages in southern France that are built on hills.

    janet

    • There are certainly many medieval French towns and villages that are built on what to modern eyes seems to be egregiously difficult terrain. I suppose it all stems from the idea that inaccessibility is/was the first line of defence.

  3. There’s something very appealing about the door with one curved side. The opening curved so the door went with it – no thought of squaring off the doorway first.

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