Travel theme: Height

There are some fine sights along the River Lot in southern France but the Pont Valentre at Cahors is one of the highlights. Six arches bridge the river topped by three gothic towers; under the arch furthest from the town is the lock which enables navigation down this canalised river. The height of the bridge and towers in this photograph graph is accentuated by the position of the camera – inside the part empty lock. On this June day, the damp walls of the lock indicate that the river levels above Pont Valentre are relatively low:

Le Pont Valentre

Unlike most of the French waterways, the locks on this river are unmanned and thus left to the devices of individual boaters; this would be no bad thing if they didn’t suffer the fate of most French plumbing – over-engineered and under-reliable 🙂 :The lock at Le Pont ValentreThe River Lot rises in the Auvergne which is excuse enough to include this: Lesley Garrett – Songs Of The Auvergne – La Delaissado: