For once, we have stuck to our plans and have come back to Moissac for a spot of fishing, arriving last Thursday. Since then, apart from the fishing, we have been visiting all the interesting sites this lovely little old town has to offer and, being as it is one of the major pilgrimage stops on the Way to Santiago de Compostela, it boasts an awe-inspiring Abbey of St Peter’s, with a jaw-dropping Portal and Tympanum with magnificent Romanesque sculptures and stone carvings, unsurprisingly considered to be a masterpiece of this artistic period and is part of UNESCO World Heritage. Sadly, the master craftsman of this superb work of art has remained anonymous.
But the beautiful and fine works of art don’t stop at the Portal, as inside it is equally fascinating and we took some time studying the various polychrome wood carvings, paintings, Romanesque and Gothic architecture and, oldest and most mysterious of all, a 4th century sarcophagus beneath the majestic organ. This is certainly a site not to be missed and, indeed, we are going back this afternoon to visit its Cloister, the oldest in the world, completed in 1100, and also part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
We also went on a hike up the hill to the Viewpoint of the Virgin to be rewarded by a stunning view of the town, river, canal and bridges below and we were lucky enough to find a beautiful blue sky and clear views all round.
Another marvel of this amazing town is the Pont Canal du Cacor, a 365 metre long bridge built in 1867 and one of the biggest in France, which allows boats to cross over the river Tarn following the lateral canal of the river Garonne, and this magnificent bridge is only a few hundred metres from this motorhome aire, a mere 10-minute walk.
Before returning to Moissac from Aire-sur-l’Adour, we stopped for two days at the pretty free aire in Condom, where we enjoyed lovely long walks in the nearby grounds surrounding the mill, campsite and water park, as well as a visit to the town itself, where we found an original sculpture of Dartagnan and Three Musketeers right outside the Cathedral. We also indulged on a delicious bottle of the local Armagnac, which we intend to enjoy during the winter months.
We might stay here a few days longer, as Moissac has everything we need, including a wonderful street market on Saturdays and Sundays and a launderette outside the local Casino supermarket, just a short walk away and which I have already taken advantage of.