After a good sleep last night and having achieved success with our first day of driving we set off with confidence to a local supermarket for lots of supplies. We achieved this task without any hassle. It was now for our exciting trip to Beynac in the Dordogne Region. That combination was to be critical as the day unfolded.
From the previous day’s experience the GPS likes motorways and we want to see the country so we attempted to fool it. We entered a place name on the way to Beynac but a long way from motorways. All was going well until we realised it was taking a long time to get no where. So we bit the bullet and entered Beynac into the system. We were immediately taken to a motorway and we were soon speeding our way to Beynac.
The country side was beautiful and the volcanoes of the Auvergne were picturesque and there was no hint of rain.
We finally arrived in the little village of Beynac but things didn’t look right. There was no river and no chateau. Oh dear. We stopped and talked to a family group and the penny really dropped. We were in Beynac
in Limousin not Beynac in Dordogne. We were two hours away from where we should have been and check in closed in 30 minutes. Big deep breaths. We had a great chat about rugby and Toulouse rugby team (Luke McAllister) and how good the All Blacks were and hoped the French wouldn’t beat us again at the World Cup. With the assurance they wouldn’t we thanked them for their help and headed for Beynac. We decided a phone call was in order so we rang the hotel and in our English and the receptionist’s French we got the message through. 7:30pm would be fine.
On our arrival at Beynac (should really read Beynac-et-Cazenac) we chatted with a few locals and found our hotel. After picking up the key from a restaurant we were soon in our hotel for the next four nights. The effort to get here has been worth it. The hotel is in the centre of this medieval village on the banks of the beautiful Dordogne River. What a find!
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