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 past the amazing chateaux and vineyards. Harvesting of grapes has just begun so the vineyards are just laden with massive bunches of grapes and lots of action seeing the grape pickers. We also crossed The Dordogne a number of times en route, plus the trains are all really comfortable and on time.
As usual our hotel, though only two star has more character than luxury but perfectly situated in the centre of the old city within walking distance to everything worth seeing.
And oh wow, is this beautiful city ever worth seeing, just amazing with massive old stone buildings , cathedrals, cobblestone passageways, ancient cemetery, 14 and 15 century sandstone buildings, bell towers, beautiful squares and interesting doorways and windows.
The atmosphere is wonderful with very few tourists and plenty of outdoor cafes and restaurants (Europe do this outdoor eating and drinking activity so much better than Australia, there are so many outdoor eating areas that you never have to fight for an outdoor table or pay extra to sit at these cafes and restaurants.
On arrival, we dumped our bags and whilst everyone else washed and changed for dinner, my new bestie, Robin, and I didn’t waste what little time we have in this picturesque town and headed out for a quick much needed beer.
We met the Intrepid group at 6pm and did an orientation walk around the town to get our bearings before sitting down yet again to a superb French meal. The best pate I have ever eaten and naturally duck again as this town is famous for its slow cooked duck, and the wine of the region is superb. I have enjoyed such delicious typically French cuisine since I have been here.
A great day all round, lots of travelling which is tiring but worth it when you arrive at such a stunning place.
We are Kayaking down the Dordogne tomorrow and I just can’t wait.
Happy birthday Evan, hope you have a great day, I shall try and ring you.