Photo and Quote: France

I took this photo in the village of Sarlat-La-Canedat in the region of Dordogne in France.

Incredible region that I was visiting to expand my knowledge for the Foie Gras, the walnut oil, and the Prehistorical caves.

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The Château de Castelnaud, Dordogne, France

The Château de Castelnaud, was officially listed as an Historic Site in 1966, stands high over the Dordogne valley,. It has  magnificent views of the châteaux de Beynac and  the medieval village of La Roque-Gageac.

We had a pique-nique there….it was super!

Beautiful and full of history!

Village of Beynac, France

Beynac-et-Cazenac is situated about 10 kilometres of the southwest of Sarlat, on of the Dordogne river.

Beynac as a Castle that is very  imposing, and that was once besieged by Richard Au Coeur de Lion.

Gorgeous place!

Sarlat, Perigord

Sarlat, is the capital of the Perigord and it is located in the heart of a forest. It is a town on the Valley of the Dordogne river.

Sarlat is a very high architectural quality. It is a very medieval town and has a lot of very large, and little sunny squares, It is very lively on market days.
Since 1928, the cinema producers have found this authentic surroundings good for historical movies.

Sarlat is a very  charming medieval city with some Occitan overtones.

It was absolutely picturesque.

 

 

Marche a Souillac.

The market a Souillac, was great. It was a typical Marche aux Halles.

Dordogne is very famous for it’s walnut oil, it’s foie gras, it’s goat cheese.

All fresh vegetables, the colors were amazing and they tasted incredible!

La Roque Gageac, classe plus beau village de France.

The village of La Roque Gageac is classified one of the most beautiful villages of France.

What a beautiful place.

At the time of the Moyen Age, this village had about 1500 people. The castle is still so high. In 1957 a piece of the rock fell on the village.

The fort troglodytique is not accessible anymore as the danger of it falling is getting higher and higher.

It was a pleasure to take photos there. The village is really on the Dordogne river.

Credit of photos:

My son is becoming this incredible photographer .I am getting more and more comfortable with him taking photos of me, it is easy to be a front of the camera with him. He has been an incredible company and so much fun to be around. All photos of me , all photos where I appear since the beginning of the vacation need to be credited to him. He is becoming such a great young man!

 

Les Grottes Prehistoriques de Cougnac

We went to visit les grottos prehistoriques de Cougnac. We saw 2 caves. The first one had spectacular stalactites and stalagmites.

The second grotto had the prehistorical drawings. It was so fascinating as we were so close to them. Our guide was great and the girls had so many questions, like how did the mammoth on the grottos were red? Did the caveman used colors pens?

I could not, as I respect the rules, take any photos inside the grotto with the drawings, but it went above and beyond my expectations.

Originally we were going to the caves of Lascaux, but it is a reproduction cave now, so I rather see something smaller, but authentic.

Gite a Saint-Julien de Lampon

This farmhouse is incredible. It is so peaceful here. I wake up in the morning and grab my coffee outside, watching the donkeys, listening to the chickens.

I love how I can go and be as confortable from one day in a castle and very dress up for a black tie party there, to the daytime in a farm and be as confortable feeding the chickens.

I love how versatile it can be from one day to the other, and I loved both!

I do enjoy editing and working outside here in the farmhouse.

 

Hotel Chateau de la Treyne on the Dordogne River

I was very lucky and very grateful to be able to spend some time in this beautiful castle. The gardens are amazing, the restaurant is incredible…the company was fantastic.

I also was for once on the other side of the camera, that was a little bit different but I had an excellent photographer that put me at ease.

What a great place to stay. It is located right on the Dordogne river. The view is stunning.

http://www.chateaudelatreyne.com/gb/accueil.php

Padirac Chasm or Gouffre de Padirac, France

Padirac Chasm or Gouffre de Padirac is a cave.

The chasm itself mesure about 99 m (325 ft) around its rim It had a diameter of around 35 metres (115 ft).

As visitors we can go down to 75 m via an elevator or a staircase ( we took the stairs of course) before entering in the cave.

The cave, has a depth of 103 metres (338 ft), and contains a subterranean river system that is partly negotiable by boat.

We took the boat and then we were drop in the middle of the cave where we had a guided tour of the formation of the cave. It was so interesting to learned all about this history.

This cave system is regarded as “one of the most extraordinary natural phenomena of Europe.