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Published: September 20th 2017
Bob had found a Wednesday market at Martel, just 20 km away so an easy scooter ride. Air as cold as ice as we set off so both wearing 3 layers.
We stopped first at Montvalant, a little hamlet with some nice buildings. We love the classic shapes and colours of Dordogne dwellings especially across the rooftops.
Down the hill from there to the Dordogne. The road had a few more big trucks on than we prefer as Kisbee doesn’t like the slipstream and neither do I. We crossed the river at Gluges and said we would stop on the way back but needed to get to Martel while the market was still open.
We saw the 7 towers of Martel as we approached. A very attractive view and the town itself proved to be even better especially today as the market held under the wooden roofed but otherwise open market place was delightful.
This is a 12th
century medieval town and there are some wonderful buildings and architectural features which were a real delight. The town hall is a fantastic place and nearly all the buildings are in good repair
and very sympathetic to the rest of the surroundings. Absolutely loved it.
We stopped for lunch at Le Sans-Lys where we had cassoulet which was more of a meal than we had planned but lovely and the restaurant was excellent with a super ambiance..
We set off back from Martel stopping for a river viewpoint but it was up a rocky climb so Bob climbed, I stayed at the bottom as my knees said NO. Then back to the river where we turned down to Gluges. This is another ancient village built along the sheer cliff face gouged out by the Dordogne. We then followed a little road along the river to Creysse which was another delightful village full of gorgeous Dordogne buildings. The 12th
century church had the most wonderful light cast from its bright modern stained glass windows. This village has a little bright green stream running through it down to the Dordogne and has little bridges right along it. Most attractive especially now the sun was fully out and the temperature up in the 20s for the first time in days.
We rode down to the river and took some photos but
only after I changed the spot I was going to stand to pose when the tail of what must have been quite a large snake, presumed adder, suddenly shot off the path and into the undergrowth.
Bob realised we could cross the Dordogne at a different point and avoid the busy road back to Padamadour so we headed for Saint-Sozy where we tried to find somewhere open where we could get drinks but everywhere was closed. We crossed the river there to Meyronne where there is an impressive castle overlooking the river.
From there an easy ride through the countryside made special by the sight of a young deer in the middle of a field. As we stopped to look the mother leapt out of the undergrowth in front of us and they both took off across the field and into the forest at the back. Magic.
Back at the campsite the pool was open with cover off in honour of the sunshine so we had a swim before a drink at the bar and then got everything ready for a long drive tomorrow as we leave this lovely campsite and head ever northwards to the Loire.
A shame as the weather has now taken a much needed turn for the better.
PS Had thought I might entitle this blog "Going Nuts' as we have never seen so many walnut trees as we did today.
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