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 yet another beautiful historic town and it has a stunning cloister. The Abbey of Cadouin dates from around 1115. The cloister, rebuilt in the 15th and 16th centuries, displays strongly Gothic architecture.

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…

Meyrals, France

Meyrals is yet another ‘beaux village’ in the Perigord region. It’s just a few minutes drive from where we stayed in Sarlat and right next to a favorite restaurant of ours, La Merenda. The town is quiet and more residential…

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…

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…