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Summer solstice at Lac du Saint Pardoux

June 22, 2019

My family have been coming to Lac du Saint Pardoux for over twenty years. I have a deep affinity with this beautiful lake and am loving every step of this weekend reminding me that, in this place I lost my mind & found myself; in this place the landscape came to life in my imagination in a way I would never had said was possible; in this place I asked the trees to help someone I loved dearly & witnessed the magic of their reply. Still, on a more practical level (it is important to keep feet rooted in the ground), be sure to consult a map when hiking these shores, the starfished shape of this lake easily deceives a casual walker into thinking the hike around is not too far, as we discovered over a decade ago when our children were young and we all ended up cycling a 26k loop one day (in the time before Googlemaps). Yesterday we hiked a more modest 19k and towards the end the rain fumbled out of the sky in a deluge, filling my phone with water. It is still refusing to switch on so I’m working from my iPad until it dries out. Regardless of this! If you are ever in the Limousin region of France stop here awhile – hike the hills & surrounding villages, eat a picnic in the trees, swim in the beautiful water. It is a magical, if increasingly popular, place. 📷 @andyrgarside 💙💦💧

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