Tuesday, 18 November 2014

A Lot of Cats...and Even More Steps!

Have you ever seen the town of Rocamadour ? If you ever visit France it is certainly a sight not to be missed! As soon as you see the towering cliff face and the buildings clinging to the rock, you cannot help but feel your jaw drop. Looking at the town from afar down the valley, anyone would be enchanted by its beauty and in awe of its magnificence.

The upper stages of Rocamadour are comprised of a number of chapels and has long been a place of pilgrimage for Christians. Buildings date back hundreds and hundreds of years and in days long gone monarchs of Britain and France amongst others would journey there and climb the great staircase on their knees. Don't miss the fabulous wall paintings of the skeletons and the sword wedged into the rock high above your head, and throughout the city are a number of ancient stone gateways which look like something out of Tolkein's Lord of the Rings. If it wasnt for the ice-cream stands (I recommend the chocolate flavour) you would think you'd travelled back in time!

Rocamadour is also a wondrous place for people who love cats, like me! There are many to be seen sleeping on stone walls or sitting in open windows, rolling around on the cobbles or exploring the dustbins. Cats of all sizes, of all colours and all patterns. I knelt down to fuss a couple who were eagerly gathering around the doorway to a shop at closing time, knowing that the owner of the shop would soon present them with a saucer of milk.

Despite the extraordinary sights at Rocamadour, the cats were very popular with many passers-by. I, like so many, took many photos of this magical city but couldn't help but sneak in just one or two of the cute little moggies sunning themselves on the famous steps!

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