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Published: September 16th 2011
Another glorious bright blue-sky day accompanied by a red hot sun. Hot enough for me to put suntan lotion on my shoulders before we set off on the scooter. We decided to wander a little way along the Dordogne valley, though we have ‘done’ all this area before it is still such a beautiful area especially on a beautiful day.
We headed for Vitrac and then across the bridge and up to lovely medieval Domme. Was not impressed when riding up the winding road to the hilltop town to have a white van man so close behind I thought I was sitting on his bonnet. Certainly hot enough. Quite relieved when we came to a road where cars (and vans) were banned so we took it ! That is the beauty of a scooter, we can go where the 4 wheeled vehicle can’t and we can park virtually anywhere.
We had a wander round the square, which has the wonderful outlook over the Dordogne River as it meanders through the countryside. Today there was a market which was quite arty, crafty as well as the inevitable olive, cheese, foie gras stalls. I recognized a couple of stall-holders from previous markets
as I have taken their photos !
Started having mega problems with my lovely Minolta Dynax camera which refused to see that the sky was bright blue and kept washing everything out. Something has gone amiss with my lens and it is just not adjusting itself. I know I dropped it yesterday but only from a little height and it had a soft landing but …. When we get back my lens will need to be looked at as I refuse to be without my camera.
We stopped for a sandwich in Domme. Well Bob did. I chose a nut tart and wished I had gone for the sandwich as it was stodgily heavy. I removed the crust (birds had that later) and it was just about edible like that.
After leaving Domme, Bob realised we were low on petrol and garages are not overabundant in this area so he free-wheeled part of the way down the hill back to the river to save fuel. We found a garage in Cenac, an automatic pay-at-pump style and as we are now good with these now that they have got used to our Mastercard we filled up and continued on our way.
We stopped to admire La Roque Gageac, where we stayed a few years ago, as it really is a lovely spot on the river. The ice creams we had were also pretty good.
Decided we were too hot to do anything else so back to the campsite for a long cooling swim in the pool. We really should be getting quite fit now as we have swum every day and I always do at least 20 lengths, as well as all the walking we are doing.
Have decided to move on and spend a night further east along the river as we want to visit Rocamadour. Have located an ACSI campsite which is scooterable from there but will see if we can stop in Rocamadour en route for the campsite. Most French towns welcome camping-cars so every chance that we will find somewhere to park for a few hours.
We will be sorry to leave this lovely peaceful campsite but it just too far to go by scooter to the other places we want to visit. I did mean to buy some of the local walnuts while we were here. I could of course walk round the campsite and pick
my own as one area is an orchard of walnut trees and they look to be ripe !
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