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December 15, 2018

France: Rocamadour


Clinging to a remote hillside along a tributary to the Dordogne River is the picturesque village of Rocamadour France. Historically Rocamadour was a pilgrimage destination. Indeed the commune is included as a part of UNESCO’s “Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France” heritage listing. Though Christian pilgrims still come to Rocamadour the village is now mostly a tourist destination.

Despite being six hours by car to the south of Paris many tourists do make the effort to get to Rocamadour. The village was quite busy during the day, even at the end of October 2017 when we visited. We spent two nights in the center of the ville, which was a good thing. Each evening, after the tour buses and day-trippers departed, we had the atmospheric streets mostly to ourselves. It was better that way.

The village of Rocamadour

Rocamadour’s streets are quiet in the evening

The view from our room in Rocamadour

Defensive wall

Looking over the valley from above

Rocamadour clings to the hillside


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