16 th St Albin to Lasbros 23 kms,

We left St Albin this morning with great enthusiasm. Last night’s dinner was excellent with radishes and terrine and eggs and bean shoot salad as well as green salad for entree followed by pasta and cheese, millet and Zucchini, chicken casserole and omelettes for the vegetarians.then cheese and fruit salad.

The bar was a humble place but you couldn’t fault the hospitality and willingness to provide comfort and nourishment. We haven’t stayed in a bar/gite before. The hostess was saying over breakfast that there were too many tourist pilgrims walking the Chemin Saint Jacques who were ill prepared. At that time a group passed the window. It seems odd to us because we have been walking virtually alone and now there are about 30 pilgrim walkers we are seeing daily. The track isn’t really busy but for us it is. I have discovered I really like walking on my own now. I am happy to chat at lunch or days end but less so while walking. Most of the walkers are French here which means there is not as much English spoken and it is harder to have a good conversation. There are a few groups too who are only walking to Conques. Today’s walk was beautiful with lots of animals and a different sort of country.

Today we had to back track to avoid a herd of cows. The farmer told us to stay clear because some walker had been hurt by the horns once so they take no chances now. These cattle are the pride of the Aubrac region. They have a big festival and parade when they move from winter to summer pastures. The cattle walk from town to town decorated with flowers.

What was lovely to see were the farm dogs rushing to be with their mistress. Beautiful border collie types. The cows just ambled along with the farmer bringing up the rear with a switch. No giddy ups, just relaxed ambling!

It was an easy walk and we ended up at the Resto grill for lunch where I finally had my Tête de veau. Calf’s head. It was presented like pressed meat not a calf’s head and was delicious.

The internet is not so strong in these places and I have tried a few times to post text and photos to no avail. I am frustrated because this is beautiful country and somewhat like the moors of England. Very different to other places. There are lots of granite boulders and flowers again. <img src="https://fleetfootkath.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/img_5447.jpg&quot; alt="img_5447" width="3024" height="4032" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-3

Author: fleetfootkath

I am a keen walker and traveller. I love to explore and learn about new people, places and cultures with a sense of joy and gratitude for this fortunate life. I believe walking is a wonderful way to really connect with the present and the beauty of the world that surrounds us. It makes me happy.

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