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Nov 2, 2016 - South to near Limoges

We got up early to drive over 300 miles to Parc Verger campground just south of Limoges. For us this was a long journey as we usually do not do more than 200 miles in a day but needs must as there are very few campgrounds open in France after the 31 October. We had a few delays with road works but arrived safely at the campground. A few days of rest before we head south again.

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May 21, 2016 - Ostensions and Aperitifs

Went for a walk around the local countryside this morning. In the afternoon we went down to the Village centre for the "Limousine Ostensions". This dates back to 994 when the region had been brought to its knees due to a massive epidemic. The dead were counted in their thousands. Devine protection was sought and the bishop and local abbot organised a a large assembly around the relics of the Limousine saints. After three days of prayers and abstinence from certain foods, the exhumed body of a saint was paraded through the streets, and then...

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May 20, 2016 - Le Dorat and Bellac.

Went to Le Dorat to have a look around. In the afternoon met some people for a drink by the river at Bellac. Met another couple who had just arrived in France and bought a house in the area. After here we went for dinner with Richard and Gill opting for the traditional Friday night Fish and Chips, Vicki and I went for the steak. But first we shared a plate of escargo, which were ok, but I think I still prefer the ones we had in China!

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May 19, 2016 - La Souterraine

This morning we visited La Souteraine. This is a small but pretty village. We visited the church and had a wander around town. Quite cool today, with the threat of rain. Stopped for a drink in a local cafe. Then went and did some grocery shopping. In the afternoon we had been invited to a bbq with some of Gill and Richards friends. This turned out to a bigger affair than I expected with quite a number of people, mainly brits, attending. Quite a good night with plenty to eat, and drink, including the dreaded jelly shots. Met quite a few...

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May 16, 2016 - to Jouac

Travel day today, so after breakfast packed up the car, set the gps and headed to Jouac where we are staying with our friends Richard and Gill. About a 4 hour drive today, with most of the first half on secondary roads, at least you see the french countryside. Arrived in Jouac around 2pm, Gill had said there place might be hard to find and to call them from town. My international sim showed no signal, but my Australian one did, so I tried that only to get a message in French. Was just debating what to do when a man asked if we were lost (in...

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Sep 23, 2015 - Birdwatching in Correze

Shortly after we arrived in France, I spotted an ad in the expat magazine for birdwatching holidays in southwest France. An email exchange followed and we signed on for a private guided holiday. For a very reasonable fee we just had to show up and our guide, Richard Morris, made all arrangements for housing, food, transportation, planning and binoculars. While we were excited about the venture, we were also just a wee bit nervous. What if we were committed to spending all that time with someone incompatible? It was a great week and we would...

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Lavender's Travels

May 19, 2015 - On top of the world looking down on creation

Another day another lovely view from the bed. Located in the bedrooms under the roof of this little family hotel in Beaulieu sur Dordogne, the room is all white, and blue and white gingham, so it is this that frames the window view. It's misty over the mountains, The church spire is visible and the bells chime for 7.30 am. The birds are singing enthusiastically and the trees are covered in vivid green new spring growth. On the other side of our room the Dordogne river flows silently by. You can see it from the bath. This is walking...

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Aug 11, 2014 - Oradour-Sur-Glane

The drive to Oradour-Sur-Glane (Oradour on the Glane river) was largely uneventful, save for us worrying about running out of petrol. The TomTom GPS I have took us the most direct route, which was via the back roads from Chenonceau directly to Oradour. This meant we avoided all the motorways, and subsequently all of the roadhouses we had expected. Never fear, we had a diesel car, which had hundreds of km left in the tank, even though we were under a quarter of a tank to go. Aside from that, we got to Oradour in the afternoon, about 3pm. It...

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Aug 11, 2014 - Arrival in Limoges

We've stayed in some weird accommodation tonight, which is fully carpeted in every room, including the toilet and bathroom. It is in a very central location though which is good. We have had a lovely meal for dinner as well. There's good steak and meat in this area and our restaurant was rather kitsch. The wine that was served was fantastic as well.

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Jun 18, 2014 - Prehistoric cave art, a walled city and the ocean

The Dordogne region is known for its many caves with prehistoric cave art. We visited three cave sites. The most famous cave is the Grotte de Font-de-Guame. It is the last cave in France still open to the public that has multicolored prehistoric paintings. The paintings were made by Cro-Magnon people about 15,000 years ago. We were able to view red and black bison painted with local minerals using the caves natural contours to give dimensions to the paintings. This cave is limited to 80 visitors a day and it is advised to arrive several...

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Jun 18, 2014 - Oradour-Sur-Glane

Oradour-Sur-Glane is the site of a very moving and powerful WWII memorial. On June 10, 1944, four days after the Allies landed on the Normandy beaches, Nazi soldiers stormed the small village of Oradour-Sur-Glane in the Dordogne region of France. The women and children were put into the church and the men were rounded up in groups. The Nazis threw hand grenades into the groups and machined gunned everyone down. A total of 642 people were killed including 200 children. They then burned down the entire village. Five townspeople managed to...

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Jun 14, 2014 - Brittany coast and Loire Valley

We continued south through France to the Brittany coastline stopping in the town of Carnac to view the Carnac Alignments. The alignments - big rocks- were erected 6000 years ago and are much older than the famous Stonehedge in England. In an area of about 2 1/2 miles there are over 3000 standing stones. The stones mark ceremonial areas and buried grounds. Spent a day baking on the beautiful beach about 100 yards from our campsite. From the coastline we drove east to reach the Loire Valley known for chateaus and wine. We had toured many of...

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