Blogs from Dordogne, Aquitaine, France, Europe


Europe » France » Aquitaine » Dordogne September 22nd 2023

Frankfurt Airport I'm on a four-hour layover waiting for my connection to Marseille, mindlessly following signs, mindlessly following crowds. Occasionally the crowds bunch into queues, queues for shuttles, queues for information, queues for coffee. I've come to accept the dozens of communication failures that happen daily when I'm traveling abroad. My first of this trip came when I summoned my best German to order coffee mit cream and got a cup of thick black ink instead. On the flight I watched a documentary about how we fail to appreciate the miracle of modern aviation. (No doubt produced by some airline consortium.) Each gate in an airport should be seen as a portal, the film suggested, a portal that allows us to step from London to Abu Dhabi, from Montreal to Lima, from Shanghai to Honolulu. The ... read more
Pope's Palace, Avignon
Van Gogh's Room
Domaine des Cyprès

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Dordogne September 6th 2022

On the road again!! So we are off on our travels again this time to Cognac la Foret which is a little village and we have found a nice little campsite there so let’s see how Goose gets us there! Well the start was not good as within seconds Goose has taken me down some really tight roads where only one vehicle can get and let’s face it a motorhome is a little wider than a normal car. Then he takes me down an even smaller road so I think hey ho something is not right here - and I ask him is he looking at the map or are you using the Sat Nav with the volume down so I do not know - caught him in the act Sat Nav with no volume. We ... read more
Amazing sight

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Dordogne September 10th 2018

Run, wine repeat A few years back while on an amazing cycle tour with Tom, Rolande, Don and Debbie we had lunch in lovely park in Pauillac France. Our guide, Jean Phillipe told us about the world famous marathon that takes place here every September. A unique and fun marathon that’s course not only takes you through some of the most beautiful and famous wineries in the world - but also gives you samples of their wines many being Grande Cru status. Where do I sign up I wondered... and how many people can I convince to join me ?. As usual I would have to wait for the right time to plant the seeds that a holiday that included a marathon (to my mostly non running friends) was a great way to vacation. Oh and ... read more

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Dordogne July 30th 2017

Not to be confused with anything Peter Mayle wrote, such as a A Year in Provence. Caroline and I arrive in Paris on July 5 after an eventful stopover in Dubai. On arrival we were told the plane would leave from terminal A, however somewhere along the way this changed to Terminal C and we, happy in our ignorance, spent two hours sitting in the Emirates Business Lounge in Terminal A. We just managed to board the plane with minutes to spare because of an unscheduled terminal change. The bus ride from terminal A to terminal C was a pretty tense affair, in fact I am working myself up to do battle with Emirates and Caroline is in full Rottweiler mode. On arrival in Paris, the rental car pickup goes very smoothly, although the GPS ... read more
In front of the Hotel de Ville in Tours
Hotel de Ville, Tours
Caroline, Rob and Me in front of Chateau La Durantie

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Dordogne August 24th 2015

We rolled into St Pierre-Toirac, our house in the Dordogne, on Monday afternoon, being greeted by our lovely hosts, Gisella and Jacky, who showed us around, gave us information and wine, and left us to our own devices. The village, though not very big with only a cafe-cum-bar-cum-bakery (which closed on the 7th for the month) has a wonderful old (12th century) church whose bells are rung at 7 am, noon, and 8 pm. We're here in the area for 10 days, so Tuesday we spent driving and getting to know the area. Driving along the Lot river is a treat, with many small villages built into the sides of the walls above the river. The main town near us was Figeac, and all roads led there. We went to the supermarket and got supplies, including, ... read more
Millefuille at Le Truffe Noir
A Lot Valley village
St Cirq la Popie

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Dordogne February 10th 2015

This is one of those places where time seems to have stood still. You get to walk around a real medieval city because it has literally been left unchanged since the 13th Century. It has the usual history of this South West region of France: Gallo Roman, then Catholic Rome ruled it and put in monasteries and bishops etc, it faced a few religious wars and invasions (Hundred Year war and the Normans) then became prosperous with Royalty moving in. It went into a decline because it was just too far from anything important until being 're-discovered' and restored to its former glory (for the purposes of tourism) just 30 years ago. The town itself is enclosed in a defending wall like many French towns and is an array of skinny wiggly streets and passageways. There ... read more
Grotte de Proumeyssac _Cave
Les Eyzies grotte (cave)

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Dordogne July 7th 2014

Sunday, July 6, 2014 - Font de Gaume - Off we went in my cute little automatic rental to Font de Gaume in the Dordogne. Font de Gaume is an art cave dating back to prehistoric times, much in the same vein as Lascaux, in the same area. Now, the interesting thing is that they aren’t taking reservations. Over 6 months ago I got online to them and mentioned that we were coming from New Zealand, could only understand English, and had to make many associated reservations in conjunction with the visit to Font de Gaume and I NEEDED reservations. I got them, but I don’t recommend you try it…There are many restrictions being put on the entrance to the cave now - visitations are limited to about 80 people per day to prevent further ... read more
Capsicum melange
Melon with ham and eggs
Magret de canard

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Dordogne June 6th 2014

Bonjour Peeps! Yes, we are here floating in our own little bubble in paradise. So chilled I have actually not been on the computer and have even deleted Scrabble and Word Welder! I am just 'being' like I used to and getting to remember how fab that is. Anyway, thought it is time I shared some of our ease and contentment with all of you that we love and miss. Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil (Occitan: Las Aisiás de Taiac e Siruèlh) is in the Dordogne department in Aquitaine in southwestern France. Fortunately, we had found a nice little studio to stay in as the weather was dreadful and it rained as though the world was about to end. It is situated in the Périgord Noir area. You will find the Musée national de Préhistoire (fr) (National Museum of ... read more
Storm clouds gathering
Do you see what I see?
Somebody watching me

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Dordogne July 12th 2012

Arrived at our B&B at Grolejac having a wine with dinner.... read more

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Dordogne June 24th 2012

K- my challenge is to finish these blogs before the anniversary of our return to real life comes around. As we were in the Dordogne on June 24th 2012 and it is now June 12th 2013 I had better get a move on! The Dordogne (or more accurately the Aquitane region) is almost impossibly pretty - perhaps teetering on twee, with castles and medieval squares in abundance. It seems that nearly every town or village has been accorded "le plus beaux villages" status and actually deserves it. Mix in the lovely green countryside and rivers, the weather and of course the amazing food and it is easy to see why it became the retirement destination of choice for Brits - at its peak around 30,000 lived in "Dordognshire". Although we are a little bit away from ... read more
Chateau de Biron
On my way to market

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