The Gardens of Marqueyssac

The Gardens of Marqueyssac are often referred to as the hanging gardens because they sit on a long plateau that hovers above the Dordogne Valley. This offers visitors panoramic views of the entire valley surrounding it. It is a private…

Belvès, France

Many towns and villages had street decorations overhead, but the town of Belvès wins for it’s exuberance in this arena. It’s also a pretty little town that sits atop a hill.

Chateau de Castelnaud

Chateau de Castelnaud originated in the 13th century, though it has been reconstructed and built upon throughout the years. Though it changed hands numerous times, it was a formidable stronghold in it’s day. The current heritage site houses a wealth…

Chateau des Milandes

Chateau des Milandes was built in 1489 by Francois de Caumont, Lord of Castelnaud, whose wife preferred to live in a castle rather than in the feudal fortress of Castelnaud. It became the home of Music Hall icon Josephine Baker…

Abbey and Cloister of Cadouin

Cadouin is another beautiful historic town. I know, I know… One beaux village after another, does it ever end?!? Well, this one has a cloister. The Abbey of Cadouin dates from around 1115. The cloister, rebuilt in the 15th and…

Monpazier, France

Monpazier is a small 13th century town that centers around a square filled with boutique shops. Around the periphery of the square are streets that shift from shops to residences as well as the local parish. It’s a bit sleepy,…

Mi Desmedt, Painter and Etcher

Mi Desmedt is a painter and etcher from Belgium who also has a studio near Saint Cyprien. Susanne, I thought of you the whole time I was here, as well as the other artist’s studio :-) Mi (on the right)…

Guy Wier, Painter

We visited two artist’s studios near Saint Cyprien, Guy Weir and Mi Desmedt. As an artist, I was particularly excited to be able to see the studios they worked in. Every artist has their own flavor of environment and these…

Sarlat on a Sunny Day

I returned to Sarlat, on a sunny day this time, and caught some great imagery. It was much quieter than on market day and I enjoyed the peace of the afternoon.

Le Petit Manoir, Sarlat

During our visit to Sarlat, we met some friends for lunch at Le Petit Manoir. It is a favorite of Peter’s and he knows the owner and chef. The meal was amazing. We had salad with liver and pate as…

Sarlat, France

Sarlat la Caneda, often referred to just as Sarlat, is the largest town near Saint Cyprien. It has a medeival section and a nice Wednesday market. The day was rainy and the market was packed with shoppers. Cathédrale Saint Sacerdos…

Fete de Musique

We attended Fete de Musique, one of many summer festivals hosted in the town of Saint Cyprien. They laid out a long table in the middle of the street, set for whomever wanted to join (for a price) and served…