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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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Jun 28, 2017 - Sightseeing and other chores

Travel is work. The English had pithy advice on the rigours of travel in the day of the Raj. "Don't stand if you can sit, don't sit if you can lie down." I do my best to sit and lie down whenever possible. Travel is constant walking and standing. In terminals, lobbies, famous sites, museums, view points, and all else. Then there is the change of time zone, weather, food, language, and habits. One often feels on the defensive: am I eating correctly? Is my fork in the correct hand? Honest to God, I have had Mo ask me to describe how diners in...

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Apr 26, 2015 - Hills, chateaux and scared geese

We continue to move south and have spent the last week in the Dordogne village of Beynac. It’s wonderfully situated for chateaux (castles), the Dordogne River and stand-on-the-pedals cycling hills. There is not a flat section of road or hiking trail within 100 miles. Ian is still bothered by the heel issue he picked up just before going to Antarctica, so has been cycling every day while Liz hikes up and down the hills and ends the day looking hot and sweaty. One day we even managed to coordinate our activities and meet for lunch by the...

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May 10, 2014 - Sarlat Market Day

May 10, 2014 Today is our "vacation from our vacation" day...so I am taking a day off from the journal, too!! Sort of.... Went to the produce market and bought things for our picnic lunch tomorrow...olives, cheese, tomatoes, apricots, cookies, and strawberries. Rolinka is bringing the bread. Then the other market (which filled the main rue and all the side streets, too)! We all found something...scarves, change purses, bags, jewelry, and cookies! Split some salads for lunch. Played bocci ball in the park at 5:00. Rolinka insisted we drink...

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May 9, 2014 - Sarlat

May 9, 2014 Another good breakfast...finally got my chocolate-filled croissant style roll...and wonderful granola! A short hour up into the mountains to a cave where we were able to see cave drawings and carvings that are 13,000 years old!! It is called the Rouffignac Cave. We rode a subterranean train with a guide. We saw carvings and drawings of bison, horses, woolly rhinoceros, and mammoths. Weather did not cooperate for canoeing, so we did a guided boat ride instead. Eye-candy for a guide. Picnic lunch in the park right along the...

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May 8, 2014 - Sarlat

May 8, 2014 The croissants were just as good this morning! Serious waistline issues if this continues. Our first rest area stop was a a brand new facility...dessert counter, ice-creams, cafeteria, coffee/espresso/capiccino machines, breads, plus all the other things normally found in our mini marts plus more! Truck transport rules and regulations: trucks cannot use the freeways on holidays or on Sundays. The rest area had a truck parking place and it was totally full because today is VE Day. There are automated signs along the freeways...

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Sep 15, 2012 - Free day in Sarlat

No sore shoulders! Didn't have to go anywhere today so slept in until 8:10 and breakfast about 8:45. Luxury! Enjoyed visiting with folks until 10:00 when we returned to our room to work on the blog. Ivan was on the computer so I went to the glass day room where I could spread out my papers and work on composing blog messages. About 1:15 we set out to find a lunch spot and then sightsee this old city with cobblestone streets and yellow stone and stucco buildings. It was evident this area is known for foie gras and duck. Signs everywhere...

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Sep 14, 2012 - Cave; Canoeing

After another hour of riding through lovely countryside with crops and forests we arrived at a very large cave for an underground tour to see prehistoric art. The privately owned cave, Grotte de Rouffignac, does not allow photos and only takes a limited number of people into the cave on electric trains each hour. There are over 5 miles of cave with several areas of either engravings or paintings or both. Our guide, a grandson in the family business, gave us an excellent tour. The 250+ pictures/engravings were mainly of mammoths, some...

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Sep 13, 2012 - Mortemart; WWII village; Sarlat

Six hours of riding today. One of the most interesting tidbits was the origin of the word, limousine. Would you believe it comes from the large, strong reddish-brown breed of cow that was once used to pull wagons and carriages? Those cows are called 'Limousin'. In the very tiny village of Mortemart (pop. 124 according to the lady mayor who came to greet us and thank us for coming) we had a great picnic lunch. Patrick bought some delicious French foods for us to try: rabbit and pork pates, 4 kinds of cheese, 2 kinds of tapandades (olive...

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Oct 22, 2011 - Several Chateaux, a king and a lady with a banana skirt

Sheep Follow, Goats Lead, a play in just a few lines Setting: Nice restaurant in southwestern French town. Dinner is over and a youthfully middle aged couple are enjoying a plate of local goat cheeses with the remains of their wine. Distinguished Gent: “You know, I’m really surprised that we haven’t seen any sheep in the fields the past few days as we’ve been driving around.” Patient Wife: “Oh, why is that?” DG ( gesturing to his plate of half-eaten cheeses): “Well, where does all this goat cheese come from?” PW: “Perhaps from...

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Oct 21, 2011 - Perigord and the Dordogne --just point your camera in any direction

Marilyn's Musings About a year ago, Bob discovered the author Martin Walker who has written a series of books about Bruno Courreges, a police inspector who lives and works in the Perigord area of France. On his way to solving the latest murder, Bruno finds himself involved in the life of his village and the villagers living there. Walker also wrote The Caves of Perigord which tells of the prehistoric cave painting found here. So, we headed off to Sarlat in search of Bruno, foie gras, Bergerac wines, geese and murders to solve. The British...

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