Mas de Flory update

December 29, 2014 by · Comments Off on Mas de Flory update
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Mas de Flory

We’ve had a quite a quiet Xmas time at Mas de Flory but still been busy catching up on things.

As usual wood cutting and log splitting takes a priority but I can’t keep cutting and chopping all day, I am getting on a bit!

I’m still running three mornings a week at first light with the dogs through the forest following the deer trails. I get quite hot running so am still in shorts and a vest even though it’s usually minus temperatures with a white frost on the ground. My arms get a bit cold but I gradually warm up but the rest of me is still nice and warm. After my runs I normally get into our swimming pool to cool down, it’s like an ice bath as it soothes any aching muscles. In fact I don’t get any muscle soreness if I dip in the pool for at least fifteen minutes, temperature in the pool is around 9c at the moment. Incidentally Aileen still goes in the pool quite regularly – the cold is definitely good for your body and mind, try reading this article:

Over the past eight years we have been trying to get our road leading to Mas de Flory resurfaced and at last in September they came along to start the task. The last time the road was resurfaced was over twenty five years ago, so it was definitely time for renewal. They must be feeling guilty as they keep coming back with extra material to put on the surface and then sweep by hand to even it out, they’ve done this three or four times now, maybe they are using up spare materials? Now I suppose we will have to improve our car parks to match?

Mas de flory

Flossie, Jessie & Barry on our walk










Looking forward to another year in an idyllic part of the world, see you in the summer?

Mas de Flory

Xmas in our region of France

December 20, 2014 by · Comments Off on Xmas in our region of France
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Our region at Xmas time

It’s very quiet at Xmas in our region of France for obvious reasons – we haven’t got any paying guests!

Our season runs from April through to the end of September then it’s our time to relax and prepare for the next year.

Apart from our Xmas lights hung round our house you wouldn’t have a clue it was festive time. Most of the French around us just put a small Father Christmas (Papa Noël) climbing up the side of their house if anything at all. They tend to celebrate new years’ eve (Réveillon de la Saint-Sylvestre). Their main meal is also on Xmas eve (Réveillon de Noël) where loads of fresh oysters are consumed. Xmas cards are not normally sent as they normally post new year cards which can be posted all through January and February.


Xmas in our region

Is a plastic bottle a tree?










Our local town Gourdon, did put up its decorations a bit earlier this year in late November but not to the same extent as the UK. Supermarkets have an aisle of xmas decorations and lights etc but that’s about it. The food is more important to the French which is normally in our region either fish of some type or different versions of duck and yes that does include foie gras! Love it or hate it we are in a predominantly duck area although there is no factory farming and everything appears to be free range.

Xmas in our French region

Oysters anyone?










In the drinks aisle there are more types of whisky than I’ve ever seen in the UK, much more than French brandy. They are one of the biggest whisky drinkers in the world. Of course the wine section is nearly all French unless you make a visit to LIDL where they do have a couple of USA and Spanish wines.

Don’t bother trying to look for xmas crackers, and if seen wearing a xmas hat be prepared to be laughed at!

Bonne fête

Xmas in our region of France

Tourist Sites in the Lot

December 11, 2014 by · Comments Off on Tourist Sites in the Lot
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Which Tourist Sites to Visit in the Lot

There are lots of tourist sites to see and visit in the Lot and we don’t visit all of them via our cycling holidays. We have lots of routes that do but we only vary our routes for returning guests or for special custom tours.

In the Lot there are two of the most visited sites in France – Rocamadour and St Cirque Lapopie.

Rocamadour is an ancient pilgrimage site with a monastery perched on top of a cliff with fantastic views across the Dordogne Valley. This has been a popular site since the 12th century when the corpse of Saint Amadour was discovered, intact.

One of the Tourist Sites to see in the Lot - Rocamadour

One of the Tourist Sites to see in the Lot – Rocamadour










St Cirque Lapopie has been voted by the French as the most beautiful village in France. It is siuated on top of a hill overlooking the Lot Valley. This is one of the most visited tourist site in the Lot.

Nearby is Pech Merle Cave. It is more than two kilometres long with prehistoric paintings on some walls.

Cahors the capital of the Lot department has the Pont Valentre bridge crossing the river Lot, built in 1308 and is a Unesco World Heritage Site. It is one of the best examples of a fortified bridge with three towers and eight arches.

Pont Valentré in Cahors

Pont Valentré in Cahors










The Gouffre de Padirac is an underground subterranean world. To visit you must descend via steps or a lift and then via a boat travel along the underground river to see the full splendour of the caves.

Other caves (Grottes) worth a visit are:

Grottes de Lacave at Lacave (this is visited via a small train)
La Grotte des Merveilles Rocamadour
Phosphatières du Cloup d’Aural Bach
Grottes de Cougnac Payrignac (within fifteen minutes of our cycling base)
Grottes de Presque Saint Medard de Presque

Châteaux worth a visit (all are between 12th and 15th century) :

Concorès : Château de Clermont
Saint-Clair : Château de Pech Rigal
Prudhomat : Château de Castelnau-Bretenoux
Lacave : Château de la Treyne
Grézels : Château de la Coste
Mercuès Château de Mercuès


Tourists Sites in the Lot

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