A few days after our arrival in France from Australia, we drove with my Dad to the South of the country, where our family Christmas celebrations are taking place. It is a long way from Normandie in the northwest to Toulouse in the southwest, so we made an overnight stop at the medieval village of Rocamadour. Built into the cliffside on successive levels, it clings high above a canyon through which flows the Alzou. Its houses, roofs and churches seem to be part of the rock itself.
Rocamadour is one of the iconic touristic sites most visited in France, alongside the Mont Saint Michel, the medieval city of Carcassonne, the Tour Effel and the Chateau de Versailles. But we saw Rocamadour in an unusually quiet, deserted time. It was cold, moody, and actually wonderful for photography. We arrived just on dusk and managed to grab a few images in the fading light, then the fairy-like castle appeared all lit up at night. The next morning fog and drizzle enveloped the village. The streets were empty, and the weather conditions gave the village an eerie, mysterious feel.
Here are some images we hope you will enjoy. Click on the first one to display the gallery in full screen slide show.