Friday, 14 June 2013

The Dordogne - Perigord Region

On Tuesday, we left the Loire Valley and headed south to Aquitane and the beautiful Dordogne-Perigord region in France.

This area has many bastides which are fortified towns, usually on the top of a hill/mountain so they have great views.

Here is Belves:

Then we went on to Domme:

Then on to another chateau - Chateau de Biron which is currently being renovated so the interiors are empty but it stands on top of a hill and has great views of the forests all around and had holes in the walls to see the enemy coming and a long drop toilet which we hadn't see in any of the other chateaus we had been to!

Then we went to another fortified town - Monpazier for drinks and dinner.

The weather was beautiful and sunny and warm, yesterday June 12th, Wednesday I think? hahhaha but today it has turned all wet and rainy as you can see in these photos of today's outings...

We went to Monbazillac where they have a chateau on top of a hill!!!  Chateau de Monbazillac is now open to the public but we did not go in - I think hubby is all chateaued out!!! but it is a grape/wine growning/making area and Monbazillac wines are sweet whites.

Then we headed to Bergerac and found the statue of Cyrano de Bergerac, we stopped for coffee and a pastry then headed back to the bed and breakfast, picking up a baguette, cheese, apple etc along the way for a French ploughman's lunch as the rain had set in.

On Friday 14th June we are heading to a town in the foothills of the Pyrenees called Antiste and on Saturday we are heading to San Sebastien in Spain the long and windy and fun for motorcyclists way.

Au revoir!!

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