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Europe » France » Aquitaine » Sarlat-la-Caneda June 3rd 2018

We were looking forward to a visit with our friends Susan and Harry who live in Carlux, a pretty village near Sarlat-la-Canéda in the Dourdogne department. A few years ago, they retired early from their Canadian jobs, bought this former bakery and converted it into a residence and a guest house. They did a fabulous job by renovating the wood and stone structure into a very comfortable home while maintaining much of the original design. On one of the stones, the year carved was 1752 (I think). Unfortunately it was quite rainy the 3 days of our visit and we were unable to get the full enjoyment of the beautiful gardens and grounds surrounding the property. Susan and Harry did give us a good overview of the area which has a long medieval history and dramatic, ... read more
Tasty lunch with Harry and Susan
La Cite Carcassonne
Pont de Gard

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Sarlat-la-Caneda June 7th 2017

Last night I had dinner at a restaurant that specializes in local cuisine, so I ordered an appetizer of foie gras (see photo). It was very good and I enjoyed it, but I don't plan to make a habit of eating goose liver. I spent today tooling around the Dordogne River valley in my little car. The first place I visited was the Chateau de Castelnaud, a medieval castle that changed hands seven times during the Hundred Years War (roughly 1350-1450). It has been restored and now houses a museum on armaments of the Middle Ages. I've visited a number of castles in Europe - quite a few of them on this trip - but this is the best one so far. Not only is the castle restored and explained, but there is a commanding view ... read more

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Sarlat-la-Caneda June 5th 2017

Today was a traveling day and I didn't do much besides drive. Still, I could tell you a little about that. First, though I'll mention dinner last night. My hotel has a wine and cheese cocktail hour every evening. When I finished with that, I wasn't very hungry, but I wanted a little something, so I went to a nearby restaurant and ordered French Onion Soup. Of course they didn't call it that. Instead referred to it as a regional specialty soup, but you and I would call it French Onion Soup. It was delicious and I was glad to have had it in a French restaurant (see photo). Today I drove from Lyon westward across France to Sarlat-la-Canéda, a small town in the Dordogne region. Driving in France is similar to driving in the US ... read more

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Sarlat-la-Caneda August 7th 2012

On Friday we arrived in Sarlat-de-la-Caneda, our base for the Dordogne region. We spent the afternoon exploring parts of this wonderful, intact medieval town. On Saturday, we set out to visit the villages of Montignac, Lascaux, Beynac et Canezac, and La Roque Gageac. Montignac was our first stop. It is another medieval village. At Lascaux, we descended into a cave to view rock paintings that were completed by Cro-Magnon man in the Palaeolithic period, 20 000 years ago. These paintings were extraordinary, but we were not able to take pictures. We then proceeded to Beynac et Canezac, which is also a medieval village on the Dordogne River. There is a huge castle at the top of the cliff overlooking the village (as with many villages in this region). The final stop for the day was La ... read more
Beynac et Canezac
La Roque Gageac
La Maison Forte de Reignac

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Sarlat-la-Caneda September 14th 2011

Another early start – quite unusual for us as after all we are on holiday ! Wanted to see if we could get to Sarlat market en route to our next campsite and for that we knew we needed to be early to find a parking spot. We were up and away by 9.30 and in Sarlat by 10. As we approached the town we spotted a sign for a camping-car aire so drove in and parked. It did cost us €5 as we were there for longer than 2 hours (which would have been free) but better than trying to park elsewhere along with the other 100s of vehicles with the same aim. It was a 10 minute walk down to the centre and as usual (we’ve visited Sarlat several times) our visit was a ... read more
Sarlat Geese. Take a photo every time we see them.
Sarlat distilling equipment
Sarlat seems to have more restaurants per sqyare yard than anywhere we have visited

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Sarlat-la-Caneda July 4th 2011

Hugo has fallen in love. With Framboisiere. We drove the prettiest roads from Tamnies to Sarlat today, and by the time we got into town everyone was peckish and I was dying for a real coffee, which did not disappoint. The next thing we stumbled on was a little boulanger/patissier on the Avenue Gambetta that is destined to become a daily destination from now on. Everyone tried a different cake - from chocolate jaffa delights to fruit flans to eclairs - but the clear winner was Hugo's Framboisiere. The lightest layers of almond sponge, sandwiched together with real raspberries and raspberry cream, and lightly dusted with icing sugar then cut into fingers. Until now, he has been a little shy about trying some French, but he has wrapped his tongue around this word, and it rolls ... read more
Imogen and Hugo, Sarlat
Serving the Snails
Not sure!

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Sarlat-la-Caneda November 11th 2010

Ingredientes: - 500 g de pedras calcárias; - 1 L de água do médio vale do rio Dordogne; - Uma dúzia de séculos de história; - Uma tigela de romanos e gauleses, bem misturados; - Bispos e abades a gosto, para temperar. Modo de preparo: Em uma panela funda, adicione a água e as pedras e aguarde a fervura. Adicione, então, os romanos e gauleses, mexendo energicamente para propiciar boa mistura. Abaixe o fogo e acrescente os bispos e abades. Tape a panela e deixe cozinhar ao longo de séculos de história. Enquanto aguarda ficar pronto, relaxe e leia esse blog que, à exceção do título e dessa pequena introdução, não tem muito mais de gastronômico. Sarlat: um ensopado périgordin Brasileiros costumam desenvolver, com a escola, uma relação bastante curiosa com os dias de feriado. Afinal, ... read more
Uma tarde chuvosa de outono
Fachadas da cidade
Gourmandises périgordines

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Sarlat-la-Caneda July 7th 2010

With this post we will again be up to date. There has been a little bit of slippage in the last few but, with any luck, we will get back to posting each week. Sarlat is a village in the Dordogne Valley in South West France. A lovely little village in a picturesque valley If you are a tourist looking for plenty of things to do and see there is enough to keep you busy for a long time. If you are simply looking for a place where you can sit and chill out, with enough restaurants, cafes and bars to meet your needs then it will work for you. Or if you want to ignore the world and sit on top of a hill contemplating beautiful scenery and contemplating whatever it is you want to ... read more
Any Available Seat
Market Attraction
Wall Paper +

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Sarlat-la-Caneda June 5th 2010

The day started off well. Breakfast as usual was served by Steve and we sat around the big table with today a Mexican family. Not much conversation was to be had as they spoke only Spanish and we had none so sign language, gestures and smiles were the only language we had in common. We had planned to visit a chateau locally but the day went rapidly downhill when we went to start the car. Nothing - Silence - it wouldnt start. No problem we thought. BMW would come to our rescue. We had their extended warranty cover with roadside assistance and France wouldnt be a problem. How wrong can you be? Their glossy brochure showed a brand new BMW liveried with Assistance written all over it. They boasted that would send a fully trained mechanic ... read more
Military museum Perigueux

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Sarlat-la-Caneda June 1st 2010

Breakfast today tucking into toast,cheeses, hams, fruit and pancakes we shared our table with one of the American families and a Jewish Australian couple who were travelling around Britain, France before flying to Israel to end their holiday. Australian politics seemed to be the topic of the day. Our trip today was a short one to Sarlat La Canada ust down the road. Parking proved an interesting experience as Maddy our SatNav took us directly to our car park but failed to find the entrance which was hidden away in a quiet corner of the town square. Much of Sarlats old ramparts had been taken down and replaced with what seemed like a wide and boring rue de Republic. This was not one of my favourite streets. Todays song of the day was Donovans Mellow Yellow ... read more

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