It is in the region Quercy, where tourist from abroad are not coming so often. Probably, the departement (as we say), is one of the most stunning and delighful in south of France. You will find some of the most authentic sites , cities and villages, some of the best cuisine and nothing bling bling, if you ever go to visit the “Lot”.
There are hundreds of wonder in this departement called “Lot”. One of my favorite is the village of Saint Cirq Lapopie.
The medieval town of Saint-Cirq Lapopie, with thirteen listed historic buildings, is one of the most beautiful villages in France. Perched on a cliff three hundred feet above the river Lot, St. Cirq Lapopie is one of the most important sites in the Lot Valley.
Below the fortress, the village of St Cirq, enclosed by fortified gates, includes many beautiful old houses whose facades of stone or wood were built between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries. They are characterised by their steep-sloped, flat tile roofs.
In the streets, open arcades of shops preserve the memory of craft activities that created the wealth of St. Cirq.
At the foot of Lapopie, mills, dams, ports, locks, evoke the glorious age of river commerce.
Along a walk in the famous medieval village of Saint Cirq Lapopie, climb the stairs to the ruins of the fort and discover one of the best views in the Lot valley where three noble families built their castle in the thirteenth century.
The Fort of St. Cirq Lapopie, overlooking the village, is steeped in history. It was the built at the perfect place to prevent invasion and attack. Oldoric, Viscount of St. Cirq, built the first castle here in the tenth century. From the thirteenth century onwards three noble families shared the Fort while constructing the gradiose chateau we see today in the village. While paying tribute to the Counts of Toulouse and the Kings of France, the families of Lapopie, Gourdon and Cardaillac coexisted within the same castle grounds.
I love Normandy and the Riviera, but that is not the whole of France and I Feel sorry that these with Paris are the only place where most of the tourist go. There is so much more to visit.