September 11: There was a spring in our step when we headed out this morning before eight from Le Soulie. We were walking to Conques, another fairytale village and major highlight on the Via Podiensis. It was sunny but with a little more cloud cover than we’ve had in recent days. We were hoping it wouldn’t be too hot again, but at least we only had 15 km to go.
We went through some lovely little villages on the way. There were overflowing flower pots, open churches and cafes, and one rambunctious donkey who put on a show. Who knew they could spit!? We felt a couple of drops of rain, but they didn’t amount to anything.
We’ve noticed many depictions of Saint Roch. He is usually shown holding a clapper to warn people of his approach and revealing a sore on his thigh that’s indicative of the plague. At his side is the loyal dog that helped nurse him back to health by bringing him bread and licking his sores. Saint Roch was reputed to have performed many miracles of healing throughout his life.
There was a steep, half-hour descent into Conques. Words can’t describe what an amazing village it is, so I wont. We are staying right behind the abbey at the big Accueil Abbaye de Sainte-Foy facility. Our private room with bath is pretty nice with a window facing the abbey.
Supposedly a lightening/thunder storm is predicted for tonight and tomorrow but it is clear and 22C at 10 PM. We’re off to bed! Tomorrow is another day.