Jardin de Marqueyssac

Yesterday I shared photos from the Château de Marqueyssac, which I loved. Today we’ll take a look at the gardens. Admittedly, the crowds, heat and being hangry meant that we didn’t venture far. After a quick decision to return in future to do it justice under better conditions, we took a brief walk before heading […]

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Château de Marqueyssac

Google Château de Marqueyssac and you’ll find countless photos of swirly box hedges and topiaries set high above the Dordogne River. The gardens and their setting are stunning. Upon discovering them online, I immediately knew that I had to see them in real life.

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La Rue du Temps Qui Passe

I’m always thankful for the opportunity to see how others lived their day to day during times past. It reminds me that today’s creature comforts (running water and electricity, as examples) weren’t always something taken for granted.

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Saint-Cyprien, By Day

I recently shared the magical town of Saint-Cyprien as seen at night, and now want to show you how gorgeous she looks under the brilliant September sun. My boyfriend and I are in love, and not just because Saint-Cyprien was covered in a staggering 300,000 handmade flowers left over from the town’s recent félibrée either. […]

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Le Sesame

If you ever find yourself in Saint-Cyprien at lunchtime, do as we did and stop in at Le Sesame for a delicious meal. We hadn’t planned to eat here; it was the first restaurant we came across while walking through the town. The terrace was packed and there wasn’t a map or guidebook to be […]

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Pizzeria 24

Who says you have to fly to Italy to enjoy good pizza?

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Saint-Cyprien, By Night

Imagine if you will.. You’ve driven all day, from the North of France to the countryside of its Southwest. After a long day, it’s dark by the time you arrive at your destination. You are starving, having not eaten since a quick Aires stop on the highways hours earlier. Your B&B served dinner to guests […]

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Hop!

Last month I posted a quick update from Brive Airport Dordogne Valley. I mentioned at the time that we’d arrived for our flight so early, we were the only non-staff around.

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Saint-Cyprien Abbey

The nearest town to our farm B&B in the commune of Castels is Saint-Cyprien, which is home to a beautiful old abbey.

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Chauvigny

Chauvigny, a medieval clifftop town overlooking the Vienne river, boasts not 1 but 5 châteaux. It’s also important for Roman architecture; the Saint Pierre Collegiate Church (12th century) with its famous sculptured chapels and painted columns, the Notre-Dame Church (12th century) and the Saint-Pierre-des-Eglises with its pre-Romanesque murals.

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