sainte-enimie, france

Our last stop on the second day of our French road trip over our Semana Santa break from school was in the village of Sainte-Enimie.  We approached the town from above as we came through the Gorges du Tarn and got excited to get out and stretch our legs a bit.  After parking and walking along the main drag and over the bridge, we figured we'd about seen it all - and it was lovely, so it's not like we were about to leave disappointed! - but thankfully I followed Danny behind the first row of restaurants and shops and a few turns later we were in the old quarter of town.  

The maze of streets hidden behind the newer (still probably 50+ years old) stores facing the river is fantastic and so worth it - we wandered until we felt obligated to move on due to dwindling sunlight and a bit more driving waiting for us until we reached our Airbnb for the night.  I still remember being the only ones walking along the deserted cobblestone streets, by hidden churches and charmingly shuttered homes, and through dark tunnels - it felt like we'd discovered an abandoned, yet perfectly preserved, village from the 1700s.  It was pretty special.

D - I'm so glad we have the blog for this reason!  I totally would have forgotten about this place if not for looking back at these photos and remembering.  Truth be told, a lot of these villages really start to run together after a bit of time passes.  That being said, as you can see from the pictures, this quaint little village is definitely worth a visit!  Though in retrospect these French villages may be difficult to remember properly, each one feels different, unique, and special when you're strolling through the streets.  Shannon's right.  If you go here and visit the old city center, you really do feel as if you've just time traveled or something!

See more from our trip in France: our day in Toulouse here, and all of our stops on our first day: Cahors, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Bouzies, Rocamadour, Padirac CaveLoubressac, and Figeac.  We began our second day in Marcillac-Vallon and Belcastel, and made a stop at the Viaduc de Millau before heading into the Gorges du Tarn.