We decided to explore the local Quercy Blanc roads in a little more detail this Monday. With lovely Gayle joining in our adventure, we started in the village of Castelnau-Montratier where we explored the central square, dating back to the 13th century. We walked to Eglise St. Martin, built at the end of the 19th century on the site of a former Roman structure. With its simple and bright white walls and grey stone floors, it was cool and calm. Grace has decided she really likes churches because they are “so peaceful” and “you can light candles.” I also think she quite enjoys reminding Max to “SHHHHH!” Then we visited the three windmills on the edge of the village, where we stopped for a picnic lunch. After lunch, we drove to Eglise de Russac to see a 16th century fresco of St. George slaying the dragon; sadly, the doors were locked, but it was still fun to walk around the structure a bit.
Sometimes just driving through the countryside feels like a lovely adventure to me. I’m so used to city living that I’m particularly charmed by seeing field upon field of rolling farmland. The dried out sunflowers are now being harvested and much of the land is being prepared for another season of planting, so there’s a patchwork of dusty browns and greens patterning the landscape. Grace and Max both seem to relish the simple pleasure of rolling down the windows and feeling the wind against their hands. As excited as I am for the next leg of our adventures, I’m getting really sad at the thought of leaving France in a few short weeks.