James W. Lett, Ph.D.
Science, Reason, & Anthropology
2008 Limousin, Perigord, Lorraine
2007 Puycelci, Laval
2005 Bourgogne, Paris
1999 Paris, Versailles
2006 Hertfordshire, London, Windsor
2003 England, Wales
Puycelci, Laval 2007
These photographs and notes are from the week we spent in southwest France over the Christmas holidays. We were visiting good friends who had recently bought a house in the Department of Tarn.
Puycelci is one of many bastide towns scattered throughout France. Bastide towns were built from the 12th through 14th centuries, and they're typically located on a hilltop and surrounded by a fortified perimeter.
This tiny hamlet where our friends live is located in the valley at the foot of Puycelci (there's a wonderful view of the town from the terrace of our friends' house).
This picturesque castle (the Chateau de Bruniquel) is perched on a dramatic rock outcropping that rises steeply from the valley floor, not too far from Puycelci.
This working farm (La Ferme de Lacassagne) has a tiny but wonderful restaurant specializing in foie gras and duck, served family-style in a centuries-old farmhouse.
Lunch was thoroughly delightful, and the fireplace was absolutely charming. If I were awarding stars, I'd give several to the Ferme Auberge.
We celebrated New Year's Eve in grand style at Puycelci's finest establishment (L'Ancienne Auberge), a small and exquisite hotel and restaurant near the center of the town.
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