Friday, January 2, 2009

Our best new year's day



New Years Day - 2009....a beautiful day in the Midi-Pyrenees.  We decided to go for a nice long ride in the Lot (the department just north of us).  All I can say is if you come to france to have to visit this area.  It was actually the most beautiful ride that we have ever taken.  Every turn was a new amazing view.  The valley we road in/around/above was so beautiful.  The limestone walls (we are x-climbers) were stunning.  We took the camera and took so many pictures, we just had to share them with you.

such a beautiful old house (not habitable)
     
here is the same house - with the waterfall next to it!

heading UP
a house with the river going through the bottom of it


just another chateau

this was amazing...notice the ancient building built into the rocks



the most beautiful valley (and a hard climb up to take this photo)


me heading up, again


the beautiful St. Cirq-Lapopie






if we move to france (for good), we need to live near amazing limestone

me too



this adorable little donkey that I just had to get a shot of

21 comments:

Leesa said...

OMG!!! Soooo beautiful, you're right!! I think this beats (hands down) any view you might find in L.A. Just stunning... Alex and I hope to come to visit you all when the weather's warmer... We would love to meet you and Bruce and I'm also dying to meet Betty... I think your region is just breathtaking...
Take care and thanks so much for sharing your beautiful photos...
I hope that one day you guys can move to France permanantly!!!

Ksam said...

Wow, those pictures are absolutely amazing!

Becky said...

I really enjoy reading about your adventure. Happy New Year!

Le laquet said...

I love St Cirq-Lapopie ... it was a wood carver's commune/village you know - fab views and great restaurants for steaming wintery bowls of cassoulet.

Heidi said...

Oh wow! What a beautiful place.

La Framéricaine said...

Lovely photos, Alisa. And if you move near the limestone you'll have to buy some and have Le F carve you a fireplace or two!

Happy New Year!

Michelle said...

Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful photos.

Have a wonderful 2009.

How could you not, in such a place?

Loulou said...

Great photos! looks like a wonderful New Year. :)

Nadege said...

St Cirq Lapopie is one of "les plus beaux villages de France".
Makes me want to leave Manhattan Beach and go back to France.
I would miss the US too much though.

Have a wonderful new year, with many more awsome miles riding!

CS said...

I just found your blog through Leesa and Nadege - what a wonderful adventure you're on.

Beautiful photos and I look forward to hearing more about your experiences in that beautiful part of France.

Cheers from Sydney (and sometimes Paris),
Carolyn
www.mysydneyparislife.wordpress.com

Betty C. said...

I know that area well -- it looks so familiar.

Happy New Year to you too!

Maybe I'll be able to make it to see you during 2009...

Notre Vie Juteuse said...

Leesa - it's the most beautiful area, not our department (the aveyron) which is also amazing with the gorges and all, but where we live basically touches 4 different regions (aveyron, lot, tarn, tarn-et-garonne) all with very different landscapes...all stunning.

Notre Vie Juteuse said...

LF - maybe we can find a house right at the base of one of the cliffs and MLF can come over and carve us something! He'd be in heaven around these cliffs.

Notre Vie Juteuse said...

michelle - when it's sunny and you are in a place like this....life is really good!

Notre Vie Juteuse said...

nadege - funny because i thought i might miss los angeles, but i don't....don't miss the US at all (only thing I really miss is a clothes dryer). I don't want to think about coming home in September, makes me sad.

Notre Vie Juteuse said...

CS - thanks for stopping by. I'm positive I'll have more stories and adventures to post, each day is a new experience.

Notre Vie Juteuse said...

Betty - happy new year. we'll see each other in 09, I'm sure of it. It is such a lovely area..it took my breath away.

Randal Graves said...

Not that I've ever been to LA, but I cannot imagine it comparing at all to where you guys are at now. Wonderful shots.

La Belette Rouge said...

Happy New Years to you!! Your year so far looks very beautiful. Hope it only gets more so.:-)

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

What a fantastic trip...amazing photos, yes I love the one where the little building is built into the rocks..:-)

Non Je Ne Regrette Rien said...

the Lot is a favorite ... kind of takes the bite out of the cold snap, eh?! xx