Monday, April 30, 2012

Day 121 - That's Me, Petit - 255 to go

Ok, so I'm not that tall - so what! I'm charming.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Day 120 - The Archer's Window - 256 to go

A window for archers
I can see you but you can't see me.

Hidden in the forest where the above photo was taken, the Archer's peep hole window belonged to this castle ruin in a forest just above the Troglodyte village on the cliff overlooking the river below.
The atmosphere was quite weird with the mist hanging in the forest. We were alone except for the noises of the forest and the river below.

Diane, one of our readers asked about the Troglodyte village. It is La Madeleine - look it up on Google pictures and Google Earth for more information. We found it to be a hidden treasure.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Day 119 - The Chapel on the Cliff Face -257 days to go

La Madelaine is not your usual tourist attraction. Well not when we were there.
It's an amazing troglodyte cliff face village overlooking the river.
It's worth two photos for one day.

Day 118 - Cave Dwellers in theDordogne - 248 to go

The remnants of Troglodyte life on the cliff face overlooking the Dorgdogne

Day 117 - The 1st Ever Drive Thru - 249 to go

Could this be the first drive thru restaurant?
Just a little note to say sorry - I missed a day.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Day 116 - VE Day - 250 to go

VE Day in a quite little hilltop village 15 kms out of Le Bugue
overlooking the river Dordogne

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Day 115 - Rocks & Stones -251 to go

Wheelchair access in medieval times? I don't think so....

Monday, April 23, 2012

Day 114 - Meanings in Different Languages - 252 to go

Would you let these people build for you?

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Day 113 -Thru an Archway - 253 to go

Our GPS, Tommy took us on back roads to discover places that you would never discover with careful planning.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Day112 - Closed? - 254 to go.

It seems like we were too late for lunch at this cafe.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Day 111 - House Repairs - 255 to go

Some handyman repairs I suspect.
Could you enjoy lunch
sitting under here?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Day 110 - Narrow Cobbled Streets - 256 to go

Its one of those photos
that is lost in my memory
but somewhere in the Dordogne
during 2008.

Day 109 - Under the Arches in Monpazier - 257 to go.

This day by day thing is not as easy as I thought - coming home from work and checking to see if I've missed a day. Anyway we are on our 109th day with only 15 to go before leaving on our May in France.
Maybe we'll post photos from our May in France. We'll see.

Still in Monpazier
people gather at the tables
it must be getting close to lunch
But for the rest of April 
we are still in the Dordogne before moving further north. 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Day 108 - Pretty Maids and other Things - 258 to go

Pretty maids
Old folk
and Bicyles
in Monpazier

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Day 107 - Lunch in Monpazier - 259 to go

Lunch in Monpazier
beside the covered market.
Much too early
so we wandered the streets
of the perfect Bastide town
of Monpazier.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Day 106 - What is house/What is cave - 260 to go

The stone houses built in to cliff faces 
never ceased to amaze me,
even defy the logic of my eyes.
The Perigord.

Day 105 - Is a Cave, a Home? - 261 to go

A morning ride not far from Le Bugue in the Perigord
looking for a little hill training,
I rode upwards and then along a small winding track.
It took me to a dead end
and a hamlet of maybe six homes on the hillside.
This one was built over the entrance of a long cave,
with wall paintings of bison and mammoths
we discovered on a return visit.
Morning rides in France has its rewards.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Day104 - Bastide Villages- 262 to go

Welcome to Monpazier in the Dordogne
A Bastide town.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Day 103 - A Gaggle of 2CVs - 263 to go

As we drove back from Domme in the mist
a gaggle of 2CVs sat sadly in the rain.
I'm sure I could hear their sobbing
or was it just their metal rusting?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Day 102 - Domme in the Perigord- 264 to go

Domme sits on a hilltop
overlooking the Dordogne River,
Protected on all sides by cliffs and stone walls.
Two knights of Templer were captive in the dungeon
awaiting trial in years long gone.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Day 101 - Time for Tasting - 265 to go

Local wines and Foie Gras from the South West.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Day 100 - Old Cobblers - 266 to go

We were told, the Cordonnier
was the oldest "still in business" shop
in le Bugue.
This is Day 100 with 266 Leap Year days to go. We've travelled from Paris to the Languedoc and on to Provence. We've driven through the Mid Pyrenees, the Lot and the Tarn into the deep Dordogne.
Where will the next 266 daily photos of "Travelling through France" take us?

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Day 99 - A House or a Cave - 267 to go.

The rooms behind this house extended back inside the cliff to a cave.

Day 98 - Doesn't fit in our Luggage - 268 to go

We wanted to take her home to Australia with us
But she wouldn't fit in our luggage.
We did however find some other
eating type goodies - some that didn't last
long enough to bring home.

Day 97 - Sarlat Entrance- 269 to go

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Day97 - Troglodytes of the Dordogne - 269 to go

The holes in the walls held wooden beams
which then held walkways
for the inhabitants
to travel from one cave to another.
Whole villages lived within the cliffs
for protection against their foe.
Troglodytes of the Dordogne.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Day 96 - No Market Today - 270 to go

Looking over  the shoulder
of this young man,
I wondered what Sarlat la Caneda how would look
on market day with its reputation
as one of the best in France.

Day 95 - The Geese of Sarlat- 271 to go

Sarlat is a fascinating village with a diverse array of early French architecture and its market is recognised as one of the best throughout France.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Day 94 - Sarlat, Ducks & a Stone Roof - 272 to go

Our travels on this occasion took us to Sarlat
a village in the Perigord
devoted to Foie gras, ducks, truffles and rabbit
amongst other regional foods.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Day 93 - Troglodyte City - 273 days to go

We were about to enter a world
so unfamiliar than we had ever experienced
in our own world.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Day 92 - Le Bugue Brocante - 274 to go

Down the narrow streets of Le Bugue
The Brocante flowed
offering many interesting sights.

Day 91 - Brocante in Le Bugue - 275 to go