FRANCE: The Dordogne – Truffles, Duck & Fois Gras

Posted by on Aug 31, 2018 in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

The Dordogne calls once again, and promises a wealth of natural beauty the likes of which is not found many places on earth. It will also provide you a sumptuous buffet of cheese, wine, duck, and foie gras in the backdrop of Medieval villages, farmhouses and scattered chateaux.

The region is also known for its prehistoric remains, and the famed cave paintings of Lascaux and the Font du Gaume. A lazy canoe trip on the Dordogne River can usher you past some of the most beautiful villages in France, and you will catch sight of the occasional chateau as you drift down the banks of the river. There is something here for all ages, and it all adds up to yet another paradise within the boundaries of the French countryside.

BRANTÔME – The Venice of the Perigord







This is your average, regular, boring panorama here in the Dordogne. You can certainly see why I return here on a regular basis.



LA ROQUE-GAGEAC – Voted one of the prettiest villages in France.

Last year my friend Karen and I pulled our canoe over here and had a picnic lunch on the banks of the river.



There were much fewer people on the river in the middle of September, but whatever time you visit a canoe trip is an absolutely essential component in anyone’s visit. There are no rapids and it is a very safe journey.

A chateau bids you farewell as you drift past La Roque-Gageac.



BEYNAC – Château de Beynac






A boar’s head seems to mock the arriving carcasses.



SARLAT – Market Day



The perfumed aroma necessitated the purchase of a basket for later. French strawberries never need sugar.





                       THE GARDENS OF EYRIGNAC






















































                                CHÂTEAU DE LOSSE






























































































































































  1. Karen Devers
    September 2, 2018

    So lovely to see your photos of these beautiful places, I remember them well. It is September now and I’m thinking how last year I was preparing for my trip to France. Little did I know what amazing experiences awaited me across the pond. It was the trip of a lifetime for me, but I would love to return and continue to explore France.

  2. The Travel Zealot
    September 3, 2018

    I think you’ll find some new places to enjoy in my latest visit, Karen. This region is vast and full of surprises. Of course, it’s impossible to resist some of the old favorites, and as I’ve pointed out just driving around aimlessly is a pleasure beyond belief.

  3. Jason
    September 9, 2018

    Can you say “old world charm”? Its amazing! Thanks for all the beautiful pictures. My eyeballs are smiling! i would love to make this trip someday with Cyndi. We agree it a must.

  4. The Travel Zealot
    September 10, 2018

    Hey Jason,
    Sorry about the lack of commentary. There has been too much material to keep up with, but you must make the trip to the Dordogne and the Loire. Next year I’m off to Normandy and Brittany for the 75th. anniversary of D-Day.

  5. BigD
    September 19, 2018

    Amazing, I can’t believe people get to live like this!

  6. The Travel Zealot
    September 19, 2018

    Big D,
    It is truly amazing. It’s why I try and indulge myself as often as possible. The schmell, the taste, the texture. It’s a living paradise for the taking.

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