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Today we followed the recommendation of our campground hosts and headed south to the small town of Brantome situated on the Dronne River. The town is known as the Venice of Perigord (The name of the local area surrounding it) and has a mixture of Medieval and Renaissance architecture. The weather was dull, grey and cold.

The town was very quiet but we enjoyed wandering the old streets and along the river banks. Dominating the north bank of the river was the church and convent buildings of the former Benedictine abbey which was founded in 769 by Charlemagne. The most dominate feature of the Abbey is the belfry built into the cliff face behind the church. It is claimed to be “oldest in France”.

We could imagine in the summer Brantome would attract the tourist although we were not able to see it as its best but it was worth a visit.

After a light lunch we headed out to the small village of St-Jean-de-Cole and enjoyed a wander round this pretty village with its narrow streets around a square dominated by the Church of St Jean Baptiste and one of the many Chateaus in the area, Chateau de la Marthonie. Again the village was very quiet.

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