Wednesday 16 August 2017

A Holiday in Dordogne - Part 1

Hey guys! So yes, I'm finally sharing my photos from Dordogne, and let me tell you, it wasn't easy to select just a few! I've organised them in three parts (just thought I'd warn you straight away!) and here's the first one.

We arrived at Le Camping Les Charmes, close to Sarlat-la-Canéda on a Saturday, and after almost 7 hours driving, we were quite happy to take it easy and stay close to the pool. And because the weather on Sunday wasn't really nice, we decided to just spend some family time at the campsite and eat loads of food. But on the Monday, it was time to explore as the sun was showing its face (finally!) and we were itching to go on little adventures.

The photos above are from our afternoon at Les Eyzies, a beautiful town built on a cliff, where searchers have found plenty of prehistoric remains, which is what the town is known for. We didn't go to any museums there as we preferred to walk around, taking photos and looking at all the local products the artisanal shops had to offer (one thing is for sure, we DID NOT lose weight during this trip!).

In the morning, my brother and I took Jason to a site that I always love visiting: La Roque St Christophe. More photos below!

Obviously the photos don't really do it justice as you really have to be there to apprehend the immensity of it all, but I had to share it with you! Promise me you'll visit it if you're around the area one day.

Its story is fascinating as the natural caves have been used from the prehistoric times up to the Renaissance. During medieval times, it was a fortress which was destroyed by the English, and rebuilt as a fully working village of more than a hundred people. There was even a church!

The only thing my brother was sad about is how very few structural remains there are on the site and we all think that if the fortress was still there, it would have been really impressive to visit.

Canoeing! One of the highlights of our holiday. I don't think I need to tell you which company we used as you can't miss it on the back of my life jacket! We went for it mostly because the 14km stretch that they suggest let us do a lot of sightseeing of the landmarks on the edge of the river Dordogne, but also because the canoes look like Pocahontas' one and I felt super cool in it.

We were just passing La Roque Gageac when Jason snapped these photos and it was still quite early in the morning so I kept my denim jacket on at the time.

Thomas was in an individual kayak and because he was always quicker than us, he often had to wait! Not that he was complaining, he was actually quite happy to relax on the water :)

We also saw the Château de Castelnaud far away (which is still on my bucket list!) and Beynac. I think it took us a bit more more than 3 hours to do the 14km, but to be honest, we had a few breaks and we were really just taking it all in instead of rushing through. I think that's the best thing to do and it was such a great experience!

Stay tuned for part 2 of the trip, where I'll be sharing some photos of a walk at a local market, a visit to some beautiful gardens on top of a hill and much more :)

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