Visit Rocamadour by Mouse
is in the department of Lot
36 miles NNE of Cahors
. It is literally built on the side of a cliff. We think that you can
visit the lowest level for free but if you want to go up to two more levels you have to pay fees for an elevator ride. We did not
actually visit the town when we were in the neighborhood in 2005 but contented ourselves to "visiting" by eye only, from the terrace
of a cafe in a town just across a valley from it. We did not want to pay the fees nor did we think we could manage being mountain
goats for a day. The intelligence about the town that we had called it very touristy. The look of it from across the valley was spectacular,
and we were more than content to savor the view and the coffee we had in the cafe terrace on a nice sunny day.
This is what we
wrote afterwards: "There is a town in France that had been recommended to us by other campers as one of the most beautiful in France.
It was miles out of our way and it had an insoluble difficulty for us in particular. It is totally built into a high cliff, and not
suitable for us to walk around. We considered skipping it. Even the guidebook said that the streets were full of shops and tourists
and not too rewarding. But finally, we compromised. We would visit Rocamadour, but only to view it from afar and not to try walking
it. Were we ever glad we had decided to see it. Rocamadour is another WOW! Just to see that town as it was built into the mountain
was well worth those extra miles."
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