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Cahors Blues – Summer Music in the Dordogne and Lot

poster - cahors blues festival14 – 18 July 2018 you can indulge in a feast of summer music with the Cahors Blues Festival(46 Lot, Occitanie) . Amongst the attractions in previous years has been Rolling Stone Bill Wyman (well musically perhaps) and a free “cocktail” jazz session. Be advised that the term “Blues” here encompasses jazz, rock, gospel and swing – so there should be something for every taste!

Meanwhile just 40 or so miles to the north, still in the Lot departement, but actually on the Dordogne river, the Souillac Jazz Festival runs 15 – 21 July 2018 –with some events held in the surrounding villages.

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Chateau de Mercues

Stay at a luxurious wine hotel with stunning views over the River Lot – Chateau de Mercuès

Cahors is a typical town of the Midi, much improved with the N20 bypassing the town centre – and the Autoroute A20 taking most through traffic between Limoges and Montauban and Toulouse. On a u-shaped bend in the River Lot its most famous landmark is the Pont Valentré, a medieval fortified bridge. The heart of the medieval town is largely unspoilt and is the venue for sumptuous weekly markets which give you a real feel for the deep south. The Lot’s character is formed by its ‘causses’ (limestone plateaux) through which the Lot, Dordogne and Célé valleys have carved their way. It is studded with major tourist attractions and beautiful villages such as Rocamadour, Cahors, Figeac and Saint Cirq Lapopie…. Man and Nature have both left their imprint on the Pech Merle cave and Padirac Chasm. When you’re rambling or cycling, the unspoiled, authentic nature of the Lot is plain to see. Home to excellent local produce and fine food and wines, the Lot has many treats to offer your taste buds, including truffles, foie gras, lamb and melons from Quercy, and Cahors Malbec Wine.

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