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September 14th 2021
Published: September 14th 2021
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We left our friend Marie-Laure and her family yesterday morning, to return to the route of France en velo. It was a long day through oak-studded farmland. We landed in a quirky chambre d'hotes run by an English couple, Two French cyclists were also staying there, and it was fun to hear about their approach to touring (i.e. much less planned than ours!)

Today we followed the Vienne river south, getting closer to the Perigord (aka Dordogne) area. Definitely more English-speakers here. A Brit in a right-hand-drive car stopped by me today and asked hopefully "Bancomat?" (French for ATM). Désolé, monsieur I replied.

We stopped along the way to take a look at a ruined castle that once dominated a slow-flowing stretch of the Vienne. Tonight we're staying in a family-run hotel in Rochechouart. The chateau, church and other major building of the town are built with stone from an ancient meteorite that lies deep under the ground in the area. The very rough stone gives the buildings a somewhat unfinished appearance.

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