Blogs from Beynac-et-Cazenac, Aquitaine, France, Europe


Europe » France » Aquitaine » Beynac-et-Cazenac May 31st 2014

Sometimes a place feels right and Beynac felt just like that . A perfect place , the perfect castle perched atop the hill, the perfect view from Suzy's windows and the perfect weather. In fact the perfect day. After breakfast of croissants and orange juice we set off for the village of Beynac and its magical castle. The weather was set fair. We not in a hurrying mood as we had all day to do nothing in. We were not going anywhere until tomorrow. The campsite has direct access onto a woodland complete with pond. This provides an easy 15 minute walk to Beynac. The woodland provided shade from the hot sun and as I walked I imagined what the wood might have looked full of Bluebells that archetypal English woodland Spring flower with its heady ... read more
on the way up to the castle
The view from Suzy's back window

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Beynac-et-Cazenac July 3rd 2012

Here we are at the end of our visit to the Dordogne region of southern France. And what an incredible visit it has been! I am sorry that I have simply been unable to find the time to properly blog in a sequential way up to this point but today I am going to attempt to add some pictures which come from our earlier journeys through Belgium, Germany, Austria and Italy and somehow, hopefully, I will catch up. But it is very hard. Anyway, among the places we visited here in the Dordogne was Chateau des Milandes, owned by someone whom I had never previously heard about but who nevertheless was very famous, especially in France. I refer to Josephine Baker, an American of mixed race who was badly abused as a young person in America ... read more
Chapel in Austria
Town in Austria
Innsbruck, Austria

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Beynac-et-Cazenac July 8th 2011

After our big night last night we pottered around the house for a while today, then went for a drive to Beynac to explore the area around the river. Hugo has been asking for a ride in a hot-air balloon, but after investigating at a couple of local operations, we decided that he had better wait to do it on another holiday, when he will perhaps also remember it better. It would be incredible to float over these magnificent castles in a beautiful balloon, so I can understand why Hugo fancies it. We went exploring down lots of little roads looking for a good spot on the river, and had a funny time in some farmer's paddock. His tractor access showed up on Google maps as a 'road', but it became apparent as we got closer ... read more
Looking across to Beynac

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Beynac-et-Cazenac May 3rd 2011

Waking up to a gloomy morning was not in the plans at all, but then gloomy days are never planned for. On the other side of the world our twin grandsons have probably ripped into their presents as part of their first birthday celebrations and how we wish we could have been there to see all the action. Today we planned to visit Cahors, another medieval town south of Beynac, and we hoped the weather would improve. Before any of this could happen a most important date had to be made at the local hairstylist. Fortunately there was a free slot right then so one who needed a haircut was about to experience a French haircut by someone who couldn’t speak English. The one who didn’t need a cut headed off for some photo shots of ... read more
Our hotel in Beynac, Hotel Pontet
Maison de Roaldes
Pont Valentre

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Beynac-et-Cazenac May 2nd 2011

We woke to a foggy morning but the sun soon came through and it looked like another perfect day for adventure and exploration. While we are staying in this area we want to visit the pre-historic cave art. The lady at the local tourist office informed us that ticket sales are limited to 200 a day and can only be purchased at the site. So we had two plans today. Visit the ticket office and purchase tickets that best suited us then visit either Rocamadour or Cahors. On our way to the caves, which we had been told were the best because they were authentic, we stopped by the Dordogne River for a boot breakfast. It was idyllic. The river was flowing a little quicker than yesterday probably as a result of last night’s rain. On ... read more
Buildings clinging to the rock in Rocamadour
A walk to the caves

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Beynac-et-Cazenac August 18th 2010

Hannah was heading over to France to attend a family friends wedding in Bergerac this summer and at the last minute I also booked a week of work to spend it in sunny Southern France. Since Hannah and her parents were really here to attend the wedding most of the week was spent relaxing by the pool, very little else was done, but I was keen to get out and explore some of the country while I was here. So Hannah, her mum and I drove to a small French town called Beynac about 1-2 hours away from Bergerac. The town of Beynac was a beautiful, peaceful place which sat beside the Dordogne River. So we decided to hire some canoes and make our down a particularly picturesque part of the Dordogne. We jumped into the ... read more

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