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trish & pat’s Travel Diary

Friday, 10 Aug 2007

Location: Dordogne, France

MapWe have had a wonderful week in the Dordogne region and have fallen in love with the area. The beauty of the countryside reminds us of England with green pastures, rolling hills, but you have the magic of the fine French food, language and culture. This area is known to be the gourmet centre of France especially for all the duck products – foie gras, duck pate etc – everything is ducky! It is also well known for its walnuts, particularly walnut cake.

We stayed in a small village called Berbiguieres in a stone cottage. There are only a few other cottages and a chateau in the village. It is not touristy and is so peaceful you could hear a pin drop. However, it is very close to all the major sights the region has to offer including the magnificent Dordogne River.

There are heaps of Chateaus to visit (we are chateaued out) and we also spent half a day on the river canoeing which was awesome as you rowed passed amazing scenery. There were also heaps of picnic spots that you could stop at along the way.

We took advantage of the local markets which are held in each of the various towns on different days of the week and which have yummy local produce such as duck, roast chicken, local wines, pates, cheeses, etc – it kept us feed for a few of the nights.

When not eating in we have taken advantage of set menus at a couple of the local restaurants which are very popular here in France. A four course meal only costs a couple of dollars more than a main course, so why wouldn’t you?

This area is also great for walking and cycling and has many 4 star camping grounds along the river – great for families.

We now head 6 hours drive east to Haute Provence where we are meeting up with a couple of friends from England for the week.

We have loved this week and didn’t want it to end. It has been very relaxing with perfect weather in the mid 20s.

Viva la France!