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Chateau de Beynac

Beynac Castle, situated on a limestone cliff, towers over a village and the Dordogne River. The stunning view from the castle alone, is worth the visit. It overlooks the valley with the Dordogne River snaking through it. Though tiny in…

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Lunch in Limeuil

A group of us met for lunch at Au Bon Accueil in Limeuil. Limeuil is an old town that sits at the confluence of the Dordogne and Vézère rivers. We strolled through town to the restaurant and sat on the…

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Baron, France

There are lots of ‘beau villages’ or beautiful villages in the Dordogne area. Old little towns and hamlets with narrow streets and traditional buildings. Baron is one such village just outside of Saint Cyprien where a friend of Mark’s family…

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Saint Cyprien, France

Saint Cyprien is a small town in the French countryside, a two and a half hour drive east of Bordeaux. It has a beautiful old town which winds uphill towards the 12th century belltower and the abbey church, which dominate…

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Astoria7 Hotel, San Sebastian

I don’t generally submit entries on hotels, but Astoria7 is special. I truly enjoyed this hotel. It’s thematically based on artists from movies that have attended the San Sebastian International Film Festival. The walls are peppered with famous faces and…

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San Sebastian Funicular

We took a Funicular up Monte Igueldo for a 360 degree view including San Sebastian and the Cantabrian coastline. It’s a slow rickety ride engulfed in beautiful greenery and the views from the top are truly stunning.

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San Sebastian, Spain

Urumea river, San Sebastian, at 6:30 in the morning after arriving by overnight train. Buen Pastor Cathedral (19th century) Beach and promenade. Iglesia de Santa Maria del Coro Church Tapas!

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Duoro Boat Cruise, Portugal

Our day trip started in Cais de Gaia, which sits across the Duoro river from Porto, a major Portuguese city. Our boat travelled down the Duoro river to the town of Regua then we returned to Porto by train. We…

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