The Dordogne

Having visited this area 17 years ago we were keen to explore further. Most of the campgrounds near the river closed at the end of September but we managed to find one near Sarlat which made a convenient base.

Sarlat was just as gorgeous as we remembered. The town is lit at night by gas lamps which makes the old town very atmospheric.

Most of the restaurants in town are apparently not memorable, catering for the mass tourist trade but we managed to find one very good one just out of town.

An exquisite combination of flavours and textures in this dessert
Lobster with fennel and orange – divine!

We decided to revisit Castle Beynac and Castelnaud-la-Chapelle. This view is down the river from Castelnaud-la-Chapelle with Castel Beynac in the background.

Unfortunately our activities in the Dordogne were somewhat curtailed by my leg injury while hiking. Le Roque Gageac where we started our hike is a beautiful village built into the cliff beside the river. We were supposed to explore it further at the end of the walk but it was not to be.

Our walk took us through forests of chestnuts and walnut trees with the nuts littering the ground. It became more of a foraging walk with ripe figs added to the mix. Not to mention geese farms along the way.

We did manage to do a bit of sightseeing around the Dordogne after that fateful day. Loubressac is a beautiful village off the beaten track so no bus loads of tourists.

Rocamadour is also an interesting place to visit with the monastery set into and up a huge cliff. Very difficult to photograph without a good camera as the best viewpoint was so far away and the sun was in our faces.

There are many more castles and chateaux in the Dordogne- some in the most surprising locations, often on the edge of precipitous cliffs presumably because it would have been the most defendable. Many are privately owned and not open to the public.

Montforte beside the Dordogne River

We definitely could go back to this area there is so much to do and see. We had been planning to kayak down the river as the weather was so warm but it was not possible with my leg – now it will have to wait until we manage to visit again.

Next stop – around Saumur.

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