France 2008

Sarlat-la-Canéda, 31 May to 6 June

  We stayed for a week in Sarlat, and took many photos. This page covers things seen travelling to Sarlat and in the town. Things seen on our day trips are on the second page. Click on the map thumbnail to see where we went.
  After leaving St-Émilion, we detoured into the village of Montcaret, where a Roman villa had been found next to and under the church. *
  Adam and Eve carving in Montcaret church. *
  Then another detour to the Château de Monbazillac, a historic Renaissance castle and also a centre for making fine dessert wines. *
  There was a rally of Morgan sports cars at the Château. This one was decorated with badges of UK motoring clubs, but had Italian registration. *
  Then on to the riverside village of Beynac-et-Cazenac, with its château towering above the houses. †
  Stairs at the château. *
  There were good views from the tower ... *
  including of the rival Château de Castelnaud. *
  It looks like a lookout tower, but attached to the outside appears to be a medieval toilet. *
  Arriving in Sarlat, we had to walk along narrow streets to reach our apartment. *
  This is is the splendid 'Hôtel de La Boétie', birthplace of the philosopher and humanist Etienne de La Boétie, with a large arched entrance and Renaissance style mullioned windows. *
  There are many well-restored old stone buildings. *
  This church had been deconsecrated, and was used as a covered market each morning. *
  Sarlat had a market on Wednesday and Saturday, taking over all the town centre. *
  There were spices ... *
  baskets ... *
  antipasti ... *
  cherries ... *
  and beautiful artichokes. *
  A veteran cheese merchant at the Sarlat market. *
  This fellow looks out over the main square of Sarlat, and appears on most of the tourist brochures ... †
  but children prefer these geese, as they are easier to climb. *

The second page shows places visited on day trips.


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