You are forewarned that this will be a long post photo-wise. There is just so much to see in the Gers region of France, I don't know where to begin. It's situated west of Toulouse in gorgeous rolling hill country where sunflowers are a major crop. I like it for the landscape, the history, and, of course, the food! We took a four day weekend and traveled all over with my parents in law, celebrating my mother in law's birthday, and the wonderful kindred spirit we four share. We visited a distillery for Armagnac, where we spent too much money, the Abbey Flaran which I wrote about for A in this blogging challenge, a double "Ecluse" a lock on the canal, roman villa ruins, La Romieu, a town not only dedicated to cats, but it sports the grand Cloister of La Romieu (which is on the on the pilgrimage route to St-Jacques de Compostelle), and a woad factory in Lectoure where everything is organic and made by hand (we again spent too much money!). We stayed in a wonderful hotel, La Ferme de Flaran, ate wonderful food, saw lots of old "moulin" windmills, and picturesque villages like Cologne. Not to mention visiting friends and a grand restored Château de La Réole, which you will read about in my "R" post...
|The hat says it all...!
|The J. Damblat distillery and vineyards entrance
|The owner and his wares
|Some vineyards neighboring the roman ruins
|One of the first mosaics you see when you enter the "Villa Romaine de Seviac" a very well maintained roman villa ruin
|We aren't so romantic in this shot!
|Who wouldn't want to keep these?
|A monument (you find them everywhere) to the fallen local Resistance Fighters of WWII.
|Lovely pink flowers sprinkled along the way. If you want more detail, click on the photo to make it bigger.
|Read the English here... LOL!
|On the left is the Pontoon one can't "harm."
|Our hotel, La Ferme de Flaran, an old farmhouse turned into hotel. Definitely recommend this one.
|One side of the double "ecluse" the lock we found in the middle of nowhere. My husband gives you the scale...
|Enceinte Fortifiee de Larrenssingle
|The old church right in the middle of the fortifications is basically a ruin itself and isn't used. You really should visit the link on the first of these three photos to get a true idea of what Larrenssingle looks like as a whole.
|Angeline of the cats, a portrayal of her looking like her beloved pets in the village of La Romieu. The link is in the paragraph at the beginning of this very long post.
|Cat statues are ALL over this town! Quite unique.
|There is a matching one of this one with the head of the cat peeking out!
|The pigeons aren't bothered by all the cats.
|The Cloister of La Romieu courtyard
|The Cloister of La Romieu exterior
|Customizing the ruins to accommodate the new tenants
|Another monument to local fallen Resistance Fighters
|A pretty doorway
|So many "moulin" windmills along the way...
|A freshly plowed sunflower field. Sadly, this visit was off season for seeing the blankets of yellow.
|Lectoure from a distance
|The "Woad Factory" in Lectoure, a lovely place. They give tours and lectures and have a shop.
|For you "moto" or Beemer fans... This is the country to "bike" in!
|Moulin de Rochegude
|Another moulin along the way
|The "Marché" in the middle of Cologne
|Flowers everywhere and all kinds of architecture in Cologne.
|Region Midi-Pyrénées flag with the Croix Occitane
|In case you forget which country you're in...Notice the blue of the shutters typical in the Midi-Pyrenees area.
|Where the new meets the old. Mais oui! Foosball, or as the french call it, "Babyfoot."
|The wash house, the "Lavoir." These can be found in almost every small village and if there is a river, it is always literally on the river...
|This is a Firetruck "French" size, with a French Fireman "pompier" giving it a clean.