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Our First Trip in the Dordogne

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June 14: On the road in the Dordogne, France

>> June 13 and 14 - Within 20 minutes of Sarlat, France Today we woke up around 9AM to a medium rain, and "dragged" ourselves into the restaurant for our perfect morning croissant and excellent coffee. Admittedly, it was hard to leave our cozy room after that to explore the nearby area, but as we are relying on the book, Back Roads France, to guide us, we had no trouble getting excited about our next area to explore.

Our target was La Roque-Gageac, an medieval river town, but along the way, Phil took a wrong turn and we wound up at the Beynac-et-Cazenac, a huge, mountain-top castle which blew us away! And it wasn't alone in impressing us. The area along the Dordonge that is about 20 minutes west of our hotel is loaded with castles, ancient villages, and the most lush forests I've ever seen.

With nothing better to do than to wait out the rain, we had lunch on the mountain top near Baynac-et-Cazenac's walled city entrance. By the time we finished, we were able to walk around the grounds, but chose to wait until tomorrow before we see the inside of the castle itself. As I can walk, but do so slowly and really like to sit down frequently, I might find a place to draw while Phil explores.

Due to the day being Sunday, there were no grocery stores that we could find open after 4PM when we returned to our hotel and likewise, no wine shops.

In the morning, Phil and I swiped two crusty rolls from our breakfast bar with the idea that we'd eat them in the evening with olive paste I purchased on Saturday. I, personally, was looking forward to washing down this mini-meal with some Rose, which, of course, I didn't have. So to satisfy my cravings, we finished our mini-meal at the hotel's dining room where we had luxurious desserts (mine, a walnut tart, and Phil's, creme boulle), wine and beer.

The following photos will show you around a bit. The lack of sunshine during the earlier portion of our trip robs some of them from color and highlight:



We stayed at Domme for two hours, during which time we took a village train ride with French tour information, and walked around its grounds.

Note that I was surprised to discover that people in the area once wore wooden shoes and (not pictured) the women participated in lace-making and wore white bonnets. This craft and dress must have been common throughout Europe.

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Article series by Karen Little for www.Littleviews.com. Photos by Karen and Phil Little. Series began on May 13, 2015. All rights reserved.

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