THE PIC­TURESQUE DOR­DOGNE VAL­LEYS

A Wan­der­lus­ter’s Post­card Lost In Time

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A WAN­DER­LUS­TER’S DREAM COME TRUE!

Af­ter I set­tled down my life in these years, even­tu­ally I lived my dream of wan­der­ing across 5 coun­tries in Europe for 3 weeks in Spring, 2016. I was im­mersed with the breath­tak­ing land­scape and got lost in the fairy-tale coun­try­sides across Europe. The high­light of my jour­ney is The Dor­dogne Val­leys in France. This lime­stone plateau, bor­dered by the Vezere River and the Dor­dogne River, is cov­ered by forests of chest­nut trees, pines and oaks. It tra­verses a colour­ful his­tory from pre-his­toric man through to the Hun­dred Years War of Reli­gion. You can quickly see why man has lived here for the last 30,000 years, with it shel­tered val­leys and mag­nif­i­cent old vil­lages. The two rivers pro­vide the fo­cal point for man’s habi­ta­tion from cave dwelling cav­erns to im­pres­sive for­ti­fied me­dieval chateauxs. The Dor­dogne’s vil­lages & towns are in­cred­i­bly beau­ti­ful. I trav­elled to Tre­mo­lat, Berg­erac, Mon­tignac, Domme and Sar­lat. I wan­dered around Tre­mo­lat town by foot, fol­low­ing the me­an­der­ing Dor­dogne river over a stone bridge into the pretty vil­lages with honey-col­ored build­ings, beau­ti­ful wheat-fields, a 9th cen­tury church, a 12th cen­tury chapel and a Miche­lin starred restau­rant which over­look­ing a pic­turesque ‘cin­gle’, (a bend in the river). A warm greet­ing of “Bon­jour” from the French makes this a per­fect jour­nal of clas­sic French vil­lages.

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