Gite a la ferme de Trigodina (39€, dp)
Have breakfast and put together a lunch from the breakfast buffet. Off and running at 8:40 AM. The walk along the river is lovely, then over the bridge followed by a terrifying ascent. There is a sheer drop-off on one side of the old, worn, very scary, very steep stairs but we make it to the top of the cliff and carry on. It is a beautiful day, very bright and warm with lovely walking, although much of it uphill. We have lunch in Labastide-Marnhac at a little picnic table and are joined by Katherine, a cute young girl from Montreal. We arrive at our gite at 2:00 PM and find that we are the only indoor guests. There is a second couple camping outside – and we will all share in cooking and dining together. The owner is a blacksmith with four children and does not have time to prepare dinner… “Enough!!” he says! He did restore and convert the building, an old barn. He is great! – and provides us with sufficient groceries. What fun!!! A truly memorable evening! We four cook a wonderful dinner: sausages and ham with cornichons to begin, then carrot salad, then sausage with lentils, cheese and dessert. Lots of wine from a box (actually we finish the box). The husband, Alan, speaks English so we’re able to communicate. His wife, Dani, is also terrific. They have been walking from Le Puy and expect to finish in July in time for St. James’ annual holy day. They are camping and it is hard. They are newly retired, about my age. Breakfast is great fun, as well. We leave separately, but hope to see each other again.