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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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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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May 4, 2014 - The First Kiss

The First Kiss The next morning I walked down to Gary and Elaine’s house. It was a large barn, one end of which had been converted to a home. It sat halfway down a gentle hill with fruit trees, vegetable and flower gardens, a pond in the backyard, and the fields surrounding it filled with someone else’s grazing cows. Off the living area was Elaine’s bedroom and a bathroom. Half of the upstairs was unfinished attic, used for storage, and the other half was Gary’s bedroom, office and bathroom. It was a five minute drive to the nearest small...

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May 1, 2014 - Lost in the Woods

Lost in the Woods The start of the journey was a bit shaky. Within ten minutes of leaving Eiji and Vero, I came to a toll which didn’t take my charge card. I had no change and began to panic. I was standing between the toll booth and Blacky when I looked at the car behind me in apology. The fancy woman in the fancy car motioned me to her and handed me the exact toll. How sweet is that? I pulled off at the next town to go to a store and get change for any other tolls, just in case, which was fortunate. While in Italy, every toll booth had...

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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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