Friday 8 September 2017

A Holiday in Dordogne - Part 3

Ah Rocamadour! We visited this unique religious cité (the second most visited in France after Mont St Michel) on the hottest day of the week during our holiday in Dordogne, and man, we were suffering. But we had plenty of water with us and we made sure to find bits of shade for my poor tired mum.

Rocamadour is not just beautiful, it's also full of history. This sacred place built in medieval times has a whole atmosphere to it that you just can't describe. I'm not religious at all, but I do respect all religions and it doesn't stop me from being interested in them and their pilgrimage sites. Actually, I did a blog post about Mont St Michel about 3 years ago, have a look at it here (excuse the crazy artwork at the top) if you're interested! Even though the experience is different, I had the same type of feel visiting these two places. Some kind of respect actually.

The main street down the cliff is always super busy, as well as the Sanctuaire, but when you start going to the smaller alleys, it gets a lot quieter and peaceful. Such a beautiful place!

We were knackered after that day and couldn't wait to jump in the swimming pool at the campsite but to be honest, I felt privileged to see this place again. Plus, I didn't take photos of the delicious meal we had at La Table du Curé. Wow the food was good. The lunch time menu is very affordable for the quality that you get!

And our last visit in Dordogne: La Maison Forte de Reignac. I've never visited it before, and because we're crazy about history, we thought we couldn't miss it! The weather was turning a bit grey again so the fact that we were mostly inside was great.

The story of that building was very interesting as it was a cave used by prehistoric people before. We loved the fact that most of the furniture had never moved from there and it all felt very authentic.

Jason is standing in the tiny prison cell they had built a long time ago! We found it a bit weird that it was alongside the room for the higher class, but I guess they wanted to keep a close eye on their prisoners!

"Âmes sensibles, s'abstenir!". The Maison Forte is also known for its big exhibition about torture over the ages. The descriptions are very detailed and it is quite disgusting most of the time (who am I kidding?! EVERY TIME). The thing that shocked me the most (apart from the fact that you're wondering how humans could have done that), is the fact that some of these torture techniques are still used in a few countries around the world. Horrible!

Well, I hope you liked reading our little adventures in Dordogne, and if you're planning a trip there, don't hesitate to send me a message if you have some questions!

Missed the first parts of our trip? Click here for part 1, and here for part 2 :)

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