Rocamadour or Carennac

Old Jan 6th, 2005, 02:33 PM
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Rocamadour or Carennac

I am debating whether to stay in Rocamadour at the Beau Site or in the Hotel Fenelon in Carennac. I know both will be nice. Which would you select and why?
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Old Jan 6th, 2005, 02:38 PM
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I would probably stay in Carennac and visit Rocamadour. My reasons are that both are unique but Carennac is much more laidback, and not so steep and stair necessary as Rocamdour.
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Old Jan 6th, 2005, 02:50 PM
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I agree. Carennac is much more navigable, and lots more peaceful and beautiful than Rocamadour. Maybe not as breathtaking, but a better place to settle in for the night.
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Old Jan 6th, 2005, 02:57 PM
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Rocamadour is said to the the second most visited toursit place in France outside of Mont St Michel - don't know if this is true but times i've been there it's been a mob scene. Of course once was in August but i don't know Carennac but must be more quiet.
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Old Jan 6th, 2005, 03:19 PM
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Oh try the Fenelon!

We have looked into it a couple of times and had we not had another place to stay, might well have stayed there. I still have their card. A passing englishwoman resident in the neighbourhood lauded its restaurant too.

I realize this is all vague and hearsay -- but I can vouch for the beauty of the town.

I visited Rocamadour only once and loathed it. I was going through a particularly anti-clerical stage at the time and went with my very keen partner, under protest.

Touristy and commercial; exhausting hills; and I found the "shrine" aspect distasteful.

We got off to a bad start by taking a small road to reach it -- "road" is too kind a word for the cart track we ended up on.

So maybe I did not approach it (physically or psychic-ly) in the most positive way...
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Old Jan 6th, 2005, 03:26 PM
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tedgale, I love the fenalon. We brought a bottle to share to PB's bed and Breakfast. She had never tasted it before and liked it.
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Old Jan 6th, 2005, 03:27 PM
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We stayed at the Fénélon a few years ago. I wasn't as wowed as I'd expected to be, but maybe it was because the church bells rang very loudly every half-hour all night right outside our window - or so it seemed. Maybe you can hear them all over town. Anyway, it was very comfortable, and Carennac is just a gem of a town. That church tympanum is something!
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Old Jan 6th, 2005, 03:29 PM
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fenelon, a walnut wine..misspelled.
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Old Jan 6th, 2005, 03:37 PM
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that's actually an apertif, cassis with
walnut liquer and red wine. We bought several bottles that never made it home because we shared it wherever we stayed.
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Old Jan 6th, 2005, 04:18 PM
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Another vote for Carennac (one of my favorite towns). Rocamadour is like visiting/staying at Disneyland.

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Old Jan 6th, 2005, 04:58 PM
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After reading this I'm ready to change my itinerary - and skip Rocamadour!
I'm staying at the Domaine de la Rhue (nearby)for 2 nights, but I'm more interested in seeing the other towns - Martel, Carennac, Collenges-la-Rouge, etc. Guess I'd better give Rocamadour a look, though - although I hate touristy places like that. I'll try to go early or late after the crowds have left. Or is it just as well to skip it totally??
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I was there one summer it wasn't too crowded that day. It is a beautiful site but we did enjoy Collenge-La- Rouge much more and had a wonderful lunch on a terrace. There's a wonderful leather shop there where I bought my dog a beautiful leather collar with silver hearts. The crowd was about the same but it was raining on both days
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In addition to Collonges and Martel and Carennac, do not miss Turenne and Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne.

In the latter town, we have often eaten at the Hotel Central Fournie: Abundant old-fashioned cooking with local ingredients -- the salade de gesiers served as a starter is a meal in itself and their nougat glace is wonderful....
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Tedgale knows what he's talking about. Go to Beaulieu and eat at the Central Fournie - yum!

Don't skip Rocamadour - after all, it's the "deuxième site de France" after le Mont St-Michel. There's a reason. Just plan to encounter a lot of people.

And the Gouffre de Padirac is loads of fun - just wear warm, waterproof clothing and prepare for some slippery walking. Collonges (not Collenges)-la-Rouge is a nice artsy town that banks on its unusual rose-colored stone that is so different from the limestone buildings elsewhere in the region, but it's good for an hour's wander around admiring the architecture and the shops. A lot of them are kitschy, like the ones in St-Cirq-Lapopie, but I found a beautiful 18th-century miniature tapestry there which I adore in one of the antique stores.

Martel is quite historic - the town of seven towers (see if you can find them). Read up on it and you will want to visit.
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St Cirq, I saw mostly art galleries and hand made clothing, very few other shops in St Cirq-Lapopie.
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Great advice here! No, I won't skip Rocamadour, especially since I'm staying quite nearby. Another question (St. Cirq?)- I'll be coming from Domme to that area in the AM., for a 2 day stay. Would it make more sense to first visit the northern cities (Martel, Turenne, Collonges, etc.) then Rocamadour & Padirac the next day? It looks like that might avoid some backtracking.
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Yes, I think that's what I would do - from Domme over to Souillac, then over to Martel, then Turenne and Collonges and Beaulieu, etc. Then head south the next day for Rocamadour and the Gouffre. A nice circuit.
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