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
Wowsa, these are unique doors. I kind of want to [no need to] know what’s on the other side of them. Great photos.
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.
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.
Narrow street are tough on door photographers 😉
Town planners were so thoughtless back then.
Love the rustic doors here! Thanks for climbing those steep narrow streets – so we could enjoy these views!
Good for the calf muscles as well.
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.
It’s definitely a bespoke job.