Onwards, southwards. . . from an accidental pilgrimage at the land of green lentils and black Madonna in Le Puy and a bucolic stay at Flower Camping near a French countryside castle, to the land of d’Artagnan, the Three Musketeers and Cyrano de Bergerac in Gascony in the south of France. The most famous of them was born in the village of Lupiac (means “wolf” in French) where wolves, apparently, used to roam free, just like the musketeers (or King Louis XIII’s riflemen), known for their wild, rowdy behavior and fighting spirit.
During our second family camping road trip from Spain to Poland and back, the boys were fascinated by them. So, here is our visit to these wolves’ ancestral den in pictures. Enjoy your trip!
What else is there to see in Lupiac?
If we were to do it over again, we’d give Lupiac at least a full day to see the village center, the d’Artagnan museum, the church, have lunch at the town plaza, and see these two below. But if you have young kids, consider an overnight stay and see the other half for the following day.
Château de Castelmore–the actual French countryside castle where our hero–d’Artagnan was born in 1611 or somewhere around that time.
Lac De Lupiac–a small lake with a beach and a “tropical” style beach bar (with banana trees!).
We had to skip them because… I don’t exactly know why! Maybe it’s just the Duh, DUH. . . . DUH-MB factor. Oh well, save some (as they say) for the next time around.
Where to GO CAMPING?
Camping Le Castex is a very nice well maintained camping site about 10 kilometers west of Lupiac. It’s located on a hill and has plenty of space and shade from full-grown trees which is a relief in the summer heat.
There’s also Camping D’Artagnan and “unusual camping Lou Prada” nearby–both of which we did not stay at.
And OH, just in case you are wondering: NO, WE DO NOT, DID NOT, HAVE NOT received any freebies, payment or anything like that for mentioning these camping sites or any other entities in this post. We just do it for the heck of it (and so that the kids will have something to read about us later. . . they’ll probably gonna hate that when they are older and have girlfriends!)
That’s it for now. There’s always something fascinating, interesting (even if not outright jaw-dropping) to discover anywhere you are. Sometimes you’ve just gotta make an unplanned stop, like what we did in Le Puy, and the curious little story of the artist of the red countryside castle.