Vive La France

Follow us as we travel around the Dordogne, Lot & Languedoc regions of France

Thursday, June 23, 2011

June 23 - Jardin de Marqueyssac, Belves, Monpazier, Chateau Biron

The weather was a mixture of sun and clouds, highs in the low 70's, perfect for touring but not canoeing which we moved to tomorrow. The next 10 days are supposes to be sunny and in the upper 80's to mid 90's.
We are getting to be experts at getting out of town. We no longer need Bridgette nor a map to get going.
We headed 60 Km South of Sarlat, first stopping at the Jardins de Marqueyssac, a magnificent hilltop garden of topiary with wooded paths up to various overlooks of the Dordogne and its chateaux. There are peacocks that roam free in the gardens and will eat out of your hand. We climbed the paths, sat in the overlooks, marveled at the stream-like waterways they built into the mountain sides. we spent about two hours here and then headed to two 'bastide' towns on the list of TMBVF.
We went to the villages of Belves and Monpazier next. Both typical medieval architecture, but had lunch first in Belves right on the town square overlooking its 12C Halle, a covered market.
Then to Chateau Biron, a well preserved and reconstructed 12C chateau with a variety of architectural styles spanning the 12C to 18C.
Then home to rest and again eat in. But this time Mike picked up some Fois Gras as his appetizer. After dinner we took a walking tour of Sarlat, through the maze of old streets lit by gas lamps which cast a romantic glow over the city.
Bon Soir.

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