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Feb 22, 2014 - Oradour-sur-Glane

Heading North again today. Drizzly start to the day. Decided to head for Oradour-sur-Glane about 130 miles to the North East of Bordeaux. It was the scene of a massacre by Nazi soldiers in 1944, apparently a whole village was rounded up & killed. It was the 70th anniversary last year & I saw some news coverage about it on TV. We stopped for lunch at Rochechouart on the way & got a close look at a fancy chateau which unfortunately was closed so we didn't get to go inside. Also apparently millions of years ago a massive meteorite 1.5km in...

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Feb 20, 2014 - Quiet time

We had three quiet days at the Parc Verger campground at Champagnac La Riviere. This is a lovely campground set up for us "big boys" owned by Bob and Di Banks a great couple. It rained on and off most of the three days but we did manage to get one or two walks along the nearby paths which used to be an old railway line. Daisy loved these walks as she had plenty of off lead time and able to explore the woods along the line. On one of our walks she was a long time coming out of the woods, when she did come out she was without her harness! We...

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Feb 17, 2014 - Heading north through France

After a few days of rest in St Jean-de-Luz we headed north again through France to Limoges. We had a good journey and arrived safely at the campground. We intend to stay here for a few days. We have booked Tony and the ferry with the coach and Heather and Daisy on the Channel Tunnel with the car on Thursday 27 February.

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Nov 17, 2013 - It’s time to head south again!

On our final day in Champagnac La Riviere we enjoyed once again a long walk along the local Voie Verte or walking/cycling path. Daisy just thought she was in seven heaven with lots of time off lead, with great smells and side paths to explore. The weather forecast was for colder weather (possibly some snow showers!) so it was time to head south once again the next day. Our planned destination is Bordeaux.

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Nov 16, 2013 - St-Yrieix-La Perche

The sun was shining at last so we visited another of the local medieval towns in the area St-Yrieix-La Perche. Although small this town had done a good job of blending old with the new. Although Saturday morning the town was very quiet and everything closed at 12.30pm. In our stroll we found a gorgeous patisserie so we couldn’t resist the temptation! We then explored the countryside around and found Jumilhac Le Grand one of the most magnificent chateaux in the region. The chateau was built in the 13th century, altered in the 17th century...

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Nov 15, 2013 - Limoges

After a lazy get up we headed into the largest big town around Limoges. Again the weather was dull grey and cold so really not in full tourist mode. The history of Limoges is based in the middle ages on the enamel industry and from the 18th century on fine porcelain china (the French equivalent of Stoke-on-Trent). Today only a small ceramic trade exists. It was a pleasant city to walk around with some interesting odd buildings and of course plenty of nice cafes’s to get warm in and try the local patisseries. We find the French have a very...

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Nov 12, 2013 - Oradour-sur-Glane 10 June 1944

Today we visited Oradour sur Glane to visit the remains of the village where 642 men, women and children were massacred by a German Panzer division on the 10 June 1944 as a reprisal for attacks by the French maqisards(French resistance. On 10 June, Oradour-sur-Glane was sealed off and all the townspeople and people from the surrounding farms were ordered to assemble in the village square, ostensibly to have their identity papers examined. The men and women were separated with the men taken to six barns where machine guns had been set up....

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Nov 11, 2013 - Champagnac-la Riviere - campground at last!

We travelled on the Sunday to a campground at Champagnac-la-Riviere just south-west of Limoges in the Limousin Region of France. We had targeted this campground as it was open all year and had been specifically been set up for American RVs by the English owners Bob and Di. We were given a very warm welcome and a lovely large pitch with full hook-up. We intend to spend at least a week exploring the area. After all our travelling last week we used our first day as a rest day and also a catch up on washing etc. It was a lovely sunny day(our...

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Apr 16, 2012 - Oradour

Left Nantes just before 10 am, Angela being driver. Took about 4 hours to Oradour, slow road but lovely views along the way. Spent a few hours in the museum and village where we discovered the horrors of 4th June 1944 for this sleepy village. From there we continued our journey south arriving just before 10 pm in Marmande. Long day, well done Angela that was some drive.

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Aug 8, 2011 - Walking around Beaulieu

Monday we went to the tourist office and spent three euros for a local walking map, 13 routes in all around Beaulieu. The first we picked was called Pathway of Discovery and was only 5.3km long – easy. It started outside our hotel with a left turn and an immediate right, but then we got lost with the next instruction that read: ”a little further on take a path going uphill on the left.” It didn’t exist. First we saw a private drive but no path on the left.. so we climbed the hill a little further, no path on the left, and climbed some more...

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Aug 7, 2011 - Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne

Saturday was grey and raining on an off and we said our goodbyes to everyone at Cook in France under a little drizzle. As most of were still on holiday we were excited for the next adventure, others were flying home and back to work on Monday. First we took sister Helen to the train station in Brive-le-Gaillarde as she was off to the airport in Toulouse for a 6 pm BA flight back to Heathrow. Then we hit the A20 with the aid of Doris-the-cyber-navigator for our new home in Saint Sulpice, north of Lomoges (famous for its china). After...

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Jul 9, 2011 - Market Day in Sarlat

July 9, 2011 It is Saturday in Sarlat, so it is market day! The pedestrian only streets we toured for the last two days were transformed into a tight sea of little canopies and booths with a large variety of food, trinkets, utensils, practical items, and impractical ones. Susan and I just wandered all through the markets looking over the wares (“winkling” as it is called by Rick Steves guides, to avoid calling it shopping—a no-no for a Rick Steves tour), noticing the street scenes, and finding some of the photo ops that we hadn’t seen the...

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