Day five in the seven-day Dordogne marathon trip with my long-time friend, Julie, was one thing we looked forward to the most– Visit Rocamadour.
The village carved into a hill, Rocamadour, takes at least a half-day to explore. It is recommended you arrive early to catch the best view because it is east-facing. Oh well…today we took our time leaving the hotel and probably enjoyed the visit more because we were rested. There are lots of hills and steps to climb.
I’d heard of Rocamadore many times and seen pictures, I knew little about its history. Did you know the name of the village is really “Roc-Amadore,” and it was named for Saint Amadore? Did you know that Saint Amadore was thought by many to be Zacchaeus of the Bible? Did you know a bone of Saint Amadore’s is enshrined at the chapel in Rocamadour?
That’s only the beginning of the tales and legends of the place so many have visited—the eleventh century. Rocamadour is, in fact, a pilgrim’s center.
Aside from being along the trail of Compostella, Rocamadore’s holy relics bring worshippers there to “admire” to “contemplate” and to “pray.”
“Admiring” Rocamodore is easy.
“Contemplating” wasn’t easy with the crowds of people everywhere, even though vacation season is over.
Almost every town you visit in France has a memorial to their war dead. Rocamadour is no exception. Mostly remembered are the veterans of the “Great War” — World War I
Of course, a day in France always means great food. That’s a given. And what’s a meal without a pichet of rose?
Truly, I adore Roc-AMADORE.
Tomorrow.. Market day in Sarlat.
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