Cahors in the Lot, Episode 62

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Great Day Trip to Cahors from Toulouse

Elyse is back on the show today and together we go to the lovely city of Cahors in the Lot (department number 47), in the south-west of France. While not a huge attraction in and of itself, it makes for a wonderful day or half-day visit and has some wonderful monuments you'll want to see.

Valentré Bridge

The pont Valentré is a fortified medieval bridge, one of the few that has survived until today. The building of the Pont Valentré started in 1308 and it opened for use in 1350. The bridge is made of six Gothic arches, three square towers and two barbicans (only the one on the side of the city is still there today). The bridge is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Routes of Santiago de Compostela.

The name of the song we tried to sing and didn't do a very good job at: Sur le pont d'Avignon.

The Devil on the Valentré Bridge

This stone with the devil on it was placed on the Valentré bridge in 1879 during one of the many restoration efforts to tell a tale that Elyse recounts in the show.

Malbec Grapes in Cahors Wine

Cahors wines are made with at least 70% malbec grapes, but can also include Merlot and/or Tannat grapes. The wine made in this area is called "the black wine" because it's so dark it hardly lets any light through. This wine is a full-bodied wine that you may want to enjoy with a strong cheese or red meat, it is not as tanic as Bordeaux wines usually. Not suited for apéritif in general, and not a wine people keep for decades.

The Gate of Diana

The Gate of Diana used to be part of the Roman Baths. You may guess that it was part of a temple dedicated to the Goddess Diana, but that would be incorrect.

Saint-Etienne Cathedral

On the photos you can see the dome roof which makes this church different from most in the area.

Here is the lovely Cloister inside the Cahors Cathedral, don't walk around too fast so you don't miss it!

On Saturdays there is a lovely open-air market outside of the Saint-Etienne Cathedral also.

How to Organize Your Visit

We recommend you start your day with visiting Cahors, then go to Saint-Cirq-Lapopie which we talked about in episode 43. You can do both in one day with a car, or with a tour guide / driver such as Elyse. And if you're there on a Saturday morning you'll see Cahors and its market. If you would like to buy some local wine, Annie tried the store across the street from the Valentré store and liked it very much.

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Discussed in this Episode

  • Cahors
  • Pont Valentré
  • Cahors wine
  • Diana Gate
  • Saint-Etienne Cathedral
  • Malbec Wine
the devil carved on the valentré bridge in Cahors, France

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Day -Trips from Toulouse, Toulouse Area

Cahors, France is a mid-size city in the south west of France and it is famous for its Malbec wine. As you will hear in this episode with Elyse, it also has a gorgeous bridge and Cathedral. It makes for a great day-trip from Toulouse, especially if you're on your way to Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, a must-see village in southern France. Wine connoisseurs will probably want to linger in Cahors for a day and enjoy all the things we talk about in this episode.

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Matthew

Thanks for another great episode. Our local wine store here in Somerville, Massachusetts carries one bottle of Cahors. It is Cuvee Maurin Chahors, 2010. It cost $20 and I liked it. We can also get a lot of Corbiers at the store, one or two Bergerac whites as well as some 100% Carignans.

I was on the fence about spending a day on the Lot as part of our week in Beynac this summer, but after hearing this episode, we will likely take your advice for a day on the Lot. Thanks!

-Matt

sharon
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sharon

Hi Elyse and Annie
Kermit Lynch Wines in Berkeley carries the Clos la Coutale Cahors wine. Searched the web – average price $16. Elyse so glad you are back more often right now with Annie.

sharon
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sharon

Hi Annie
Sorry I noticed that Elyse’s walking tour blog page was discussed on the Cahors episode that it has been discontinued.

Sorry for emailing so many comments to you!

Sharon

Robin
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Robin

I just listened to this podcast about Cahors for the second time, beginning to prepare for our trip to the Dordogne and Lot in a few months.
I wanted to share what I recenty read about the Malbec wine from this region.
Recent studies have proven that this wine has the most beneficial anti-cancer properties of any wine and is also the most beneficial for the heart of any other wine.
We will certainly be drinking lots of it on our upcoming trip!
I love your podcasts and have gotten my husband to start listening as well.
Thanks so much

Christine Hegerty
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Christine Hegerty

Enjoyed a nice Cahors wine in a French/Vietnamese restaurant called Libertine, in Brisbane, Australia tonight! A 2012 Cèdre Héritage Malbec.

Robin Kupfe
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Robin Kupfe

We were lucky enough to stay at the gorgeous Chateau
Mercue just outside of Cahors years ago.It is a 16th century castle turned hotel. Looks like a fairy tale picture! It is a memory we will never forget!