Sunday, March 29, 2015
Puy l’Eveque, France

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Not far from Cahors is the multi-tiered village of Puy l’Eveque…and rain or shine, the tour must go on! We begin at the Mairie (Town Hall), 03291501 AM rain or shine Puy l Eveque

then wind uphill (passing a castle for rent – any takers?) 03291501 castle for rentand gaze yet higher at intricate carvings on centuries-old homes.03291501 high above us renaissance carvingsWe visited this little village years ago with Jill, and what I remember are the pretty trompe l’oeil-ed walls, but we don’t see those this time.
Heading down towards the port, “La Cale” we pass a rushing streamlet by a mill, 03291501 milland a humbler abode tucked into the hillside.03291501 more primitive shelterThere’s much to appreciate in this multi-leveled charmer – and we’d like it even better on a sunny day!03291501 tiersNext, stop, a vineyard – Clos Triguedina, home to pioneering wine makers, the Baldés family, since 1830. 03291501 winery Clos Triguedina homeMr. Baldés, the 7th generation to work this land, is laid up with a severe sciatica attack, but his charming wife, whom he met in Beaune while studying at France’s prestigious Wine University there, does a wonderful job of introducing us to the estate. 03291501 winery tour damp and cold glad for every layerShe, one of the last to be born in the gorgeous Hospices de Beaune before it became a museum, has brought some Burgundy input to this fine property. 03291501 winery Clos Triguedina 7 generationsAfter tasting their fine wines, we choose a bottle to take home with us.
A surprise awaits us at enchanting Le Caillau, where we stop for lunch. Inviting seating areas are arranged around a courtyard – 03291502 a pretty spot for lunchthe sofas in the open barn look like a wonderful place to while away an hour or two! We’re seated inside in a charmingly rustic dining area, 03291502 excellent food and great setting good for tea or drink tooand as we begin our lunch, the owner walks over to us “Mr. and Mrs. Woodyard? I’ve heard about you!” and hands us a bottle of wine and a note. What prompted this, we wonder…and open the note….03291502 surpriseit’s a sweet missive from Jill – what a lovely surprise! No wonder we fell in love with this delightful and thoughtful lady from the first time we met!
Our delicious lunch is completed with a dessert as tasty as it is adorably served –03291503 creme brulee earl grey Earl Grey crème brulee with shortbread shaped like a tea tag. Yet one more place where we’d love to spend more time!