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Nov 28, 2018 - Castillonnes

Our attention was then focused on the Dordogne region which had any number of small towns and villages to keep us occupied. As it was a long drive we broke up the run with overnight stops in Orange, Montbrison and Uzerche. Of these Uzerche was the big surprise with its old world charm and great architecture. That was one of the best stopovers especially with the presence of Mumbo, our host's gorgeous puppy. Le Puy was another standout with amazing ancient buildings perched on top of tall rock outcrops and then Brantome and Saint-Viance...

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Oct 8, 2018 - Cromagnon and the Grad Roc

Monday took us on a 1.5 hour ride through the French countryside to Les Eyzies to visit the Museum of Prehistoric History. Before we did that, though, we went to the Monday market and I bought a tablecloth in the pattern pictured, plus one in the colors of blue and gold. Wonder why? The museum kicked us out at 12:30 so they could have their long, leisurely lunch until they reopened at 2:00pm. What did we do? We hightailed it to a restaurant, managing to snag a table before the entire occupants of a tour bus took all the seats. We all...

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Oct 7, 2018 - We Invade Betty and Pierre’s and the Dordogne

We spent a leisurely morning at home in conversation (and doing our laundry). Then we headed to near Limoges to attend the Press Humor exposition which was really interesting. I took way more pictures than these, so let me know if you want to see them we we are next in the same room. One room had works broken up by artist. A second room had works organized by topic. I spent a lot of time at the NRA and the feminist ends of that room. On the way back to Les Pouleries we stopped at Chalucet, a medieval site. We hiked up to the old village and...

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Oct 6, 2018 - From the City to the Country

We took the train to Limoges and Pierre picked us up and we went straight to the Canal shop and bought bling. Then we did a walking tour of the city and got to the farm in time to walk the property and Betty Y-L prepared a lovely dinner. We seem either to be eating, driving in a car somewhere, or touring so I will not add entries again until we are back in Paris and we have some flex time. There is so much to see here.

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Sep 22, 2018 - Bordeaux revisited - a wine experience

A somewhat slow day today. I was up at sparrow fart as we had an early train trip to Bordeaux however got chatting to a delightful French woman and her daughter over my morning cafe au lait and croissant at the local tabac, who just happened to be hosting her Aussie bestie from Byron Bay. Ha ha, it was like a reunion and I was lucky to get back on time to catch our train, such a fun group and the four of us had so much to laugh about as we conversed in English and that other foreign language they speak here. I would’ve loved to have spent...

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Sep 21, 2018 - Heaven must have a Dordogne River to paddle down

What a magnificent day, truely magical, a soul soothing experience paddling down The Dordogne in the Perigord area. It is the most beautiful stretch of river, we paddled from Vitrac to the beautiful Beynac village, stopping at a couple of tiny historical villages along the way. There were chateaux en route, castles way up in the hills, picturesque villages built into the side of the hill with sandstone buildings glittering in the intermittent rays of sunshine. We paddled past ducks, swans, many birds and fish jumping. It was quiet and...

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Sep 20, 2018 - I haven’t been everywhere but thank goodness I’ve been to Sarlat!

How come Sarlat is not at the top of the French tourist map? What an exquisite medieval town in southwest France’s Dordogne. If I achieve nothing else on this trip, I am so glad I have seen Sarlat! I started the day with a last walk around pretty Tours, down to the river and then through all the neighbourhood laneways where I enjoyed Bonjour(ing) all the children and families heading off for school and work. We spent most of the day in trains, 3 different trains today but the scenery for the last couple of hours was beautiful, travelling...

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Sep 14, 2018 - Charming Bordeaux

Urban elegance and provincial charm, this beautiful port city of Bordeaux situated on the Garonne is truely a cocktail of 18th century, high tech, urban street life. The worlds major wine industry capital and sadly I am unable to drink red wine, however have enjoyed their fine Rose. Priscilla and Eddie encouraged me to visit Bordeaux, Priscilla especially loved this fine city, the easy tram transport, the elegant 18th century architecture which so remind you that you are in Europe) and generally appealing atmosphere around the city. Thanks...

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May 12, 2018 - Bordeaux city tour

A rainy, cool day today but we've had such good weather all week we shouldn't complain. We just put on several layers, grabbed our umbrellas and off we went with our guide. We took one of the modern trams for several stops to the beginning of the shopping center. Bordeaux has the longest pedestrian shopping walk (several miles) in Europe. Trucks and cars are allowed until 11:00 a.m. to make deliveries to the shops but after that, steel posts about a foot around come up from the street to make barricades. Bordeaux is a lovely city with...

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May 11, 2018 - Libourne market and Chateau D'Abzac

The ancient walled town of Libourne was originally established by an Englishman (Roger de Leyburn) in the 12th century and is at the confluence of the Dordogne and the Isle rivers. It is in the center of a prosperous wine area and became a very important port. All the houses around the main square were built on the model of a Roman camp with a central square surrounded by arcades with two major entries. At one time the fortified town of Libourne formed a perfect square (55 meters per side). The market, one of the most prestigious in the...

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May 10, 2018 - St Emilion

The village of St Emilion is very old and has a very interesting Monolithic church that is carved entirely from one huge cliff of limestone that originally started with a natural cave. The church is dedicated to St Emilion and he was said to have lived the last 17 years of his life in the catacombs that are beneath the entire town. There is no wood inside – only huge pillars, side chapels, vaulted ceilings and altars carved from the limestone. The church was started in the 17th century and took over 50 years to complete. Pilgrims from all...

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May 9, 2018 - Blaye and Bourg

Thank goodness no wine tasting today!! This morning was spent on a scenic drive around Blaye. Blaye is a small town on the Dordogne River that has a high limestone cliff behind it on which a Citadel was built in the late 1600's. On the opposite side of the cliff there is a narrow road between the GirondEstuary and the cliff. The earlier settlers for this area used the natural cliffs formed in the limestone for living caves. As the years went by and houses were built, they were built right into the cliff and some where built in front of the...

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