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Our holiday in the Dordogne area of France.

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It must be 15 years since we last visited this beautiful area….we have been really keen to return and cover more of the area.
Our journey down was broken up by an overnight stay in Tours where the beautiful St Vitus cathedral stands….the following photo shows the rose window which took 2 years to complete.

Next day we travelled down to an area just outside Perigueux,capital of the Perigord Blanc.From here we were well positioned to visit many of the beautiful villages.

On one of the days,we visited Rocamadour,on the eastern edge of the Dordoigne.This was an important pilgrimage destination village…..the village clings on to the cliff side above the river Alzou.There are 216 steps which lead up to the chapelle Notre Dame where we saw the Black Madonna statue…..the pilgrims would climb these steps on their knees!…We did eventually manage to complete them feeling very out of breathe and in need of a lunch!

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The next photo shows a wooden puppet depicting the Cyrano De Bergerac.

The last photo was taken not far from where we were staying……at first I thought the clipped shrubs were box,but on closer inspection I could see they were all lavender…..what a picture they must be when in flower…and what a fragrance.

All in all,it was a very interesting holiday,constant bearable temperatures and,of course,such good food!The crème brulees were to die for! Hope you enjoy viewing.

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I love the Dordogne too! I first went there as a student to study French Song during a summer holiday. We were based at Martel. We went swimming in the river. One of the most beautiful places in the world for me. Went back when the children were 7 and 5. It rained, and it poured. Two of the rivers burst their banks. The tents on the campsite were flooded and the children and husband were miserable (especially the husband, having driven all the way from Dundee). I doubt I shall ever get to go there again! But it was so beautiful! Thanks for the memories!

18 Sep, 2019

 

I am so pleased that you enjoyed your time in the Dordogne, a beautiful part of France. I love the colour of the stone used in the buildings and the way pots of red geraniums would cheer up a flight of stone steps!

We were there when the boys were small ( i.e. quite a while ago!) and had a marvellous time in glorious weather. We decided to return the following year, and it poured with rain, we all caught colds and came home early!!

18 Sep, 2019

 

Happened exactly the same with us,K...in Brittany,children same age as yours...we were in a caravan.
Luckily this year the skies were so blue.

19 Sep, 2019

 

Agree,Chris,the mellow tones of the brickwork are wonderful.Each region has it's own attractiveness. The grass areas were so brown this year...as a result of the very high temperatures early on in the year.

19 Sep, 2019

 

Many happy memories of holidaying with my parents in the Dordogne back in the 70s, it is indeed a beautiful part of France which has become home to so many Brits it acquired the nickname Dordogneshire. It has been an area we have dawdled through on our way to and from the Cerdagne, often staying in Brive la Gaillarde where we have found a hotel restaurant with a superb chef just off the A20. We have visited Rocamadour in winter too, it is very different then, many of the shops are closed and the pavements empty of tourists, but the village is just as stunning.To date we have been lucky with the weather, usually it is sunny, overcast is the worst we have experienced, but like the UK it needs the rain to maintain its beauty.

19 Sep, 2019

 

P.S.
I think Karen and I must have been there at the same time!!

19 Sep, 2019

 

Lol! I suppose they must get a lot of rain...that’s partly why its so beautiful! Like the West of Scotland, Wales, the Lakes and Cornwall!

19 Sep, 2019

 

What a beautiful break you have had. Crème brulee yum.
its not an area we have been to but it looks idyllic.

19 Sep, 2019

 

Missing it already, SB.....back to routine!

19 Sep, 2019

 

Really beautiful pics Julia. Lovely place. I haven’t been to France in years...your blog is making me feel like booking another holiday!

21 Sep, 2019

 

Go,Kate...you wont be disappointed with the Dordogne..September is a good time .

21 Sep, 2019

 

Interesting photos … I'm glad you enjoyed your holiday :)

21 Sep, 2019

 

Thanks Hywel...good to see you about.

21 Sep, 2019

 

Oh dear,another lovely blog and photo's I missed!
What a wonderful place ,Julia..and wonderful photo's..We have never actually stayed in France,but visited a few places enroute ,or trips out ..all have been lovely..The only time I ever went camping ,was with my parents in the 50's to Arrochar,Scotland...same weather as Chris and Karen..torrential rain,and we ended up in a hotel in Ayr :o)
I have never had any desire to go in a tent again !
So pleased you had a lovely holiday :o)

13 Oct, 2019

 

Thank you Bloomer...
don't worry about missing the blog.....the holiday and that beautiful med sky seems ages ago.

13 Oct, 2019

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