St James Way Tours is a branch of the Provence Tours and has to do with my family history. We are out of Provence in the southwest or Quercy region, known for a lot of delicacies including confit de canard, foie gras, truffles and vin de Cahors…
My father is from a small village called Lascabanes, a popular stop on the Way of St James, south of Cahors and my mother is from Le Puy en Velay which is one of the french departure for El Camino. I find it romantic and predestined that they would be linked through the most popular route of an ancient pilgrimage.
The Way of St. James is said to have originated in France, where it is called Le Chemin de St. Jacques de Compostelle and The Le Puy route (Latin: Via Podiensis, French: route du Puy) is traveled by pilgrims starting in or passing through Le Puy-en-Velay. It passes through Conques, Cahors and Moissac before coming to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. It is part of GR65.
If you know anything about french culture, is that all french people are very attached to their roots or regions, especially when there is a farming background and Lascabanes is for me “The Farm” of my childhood. Milking cows are long gone as well as the ducks and geese that my grandmother force fed with tenderness for the future foie gras with truffles. There is a gite next to the old farm where my cousin and uncle welcome the pilgrims on St James Way.
Whether you want to walk on El Camino, enjoy the food and markets, visit old villages and towns or go for prehistoric caves like Pech Merle you are welcome in Lascabanes. The house with 4 bedrooms and 1 bathroom is on a very bucolic and peaceful backroad next to my family’s old farm. By sharing a piece of this enchanted part of my childhood I hope to leave you with an unforgettable experience of the southwest of France.