Friday, March 29, 2013

End of the Week in Auvillar: More Chateaus and a Cat

 On our last full day staying in Auvillar we spent the morning in town. We took a short walk through the center again, where we met another friendly cat and got a good view down to the Garonne River, since the sun was out. Although we viewed the medieval church in Auvillar several times a day, I never tired of the amazing view of the church as seen from just outside our gite.

   In the afternoon we planned to drive to the larger towns of Fleurance and Lectoure, which we had driven through last year and thought were worth a further visit. During our drive we also stopped or passed by several more chateaus.
Chateau de Gramont

Chateau de Plieux

Chateau de Flamarens

  Fleurance is a bustling old bastide town with a beautiful arcaded square surrounding an arcaded medieval building that used to house the old market hall and is now the town hall.

   Lectoure is a somewhat larger town high on a hill, with a narrow main street that runs straight through the center. The imposing, somewhat austere church at the entrance to the center was quite impressive; as we had approached Lectoure from a distance we thought that it was another donjon like the one in Montcuq.

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