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Trip Report Diversions in the Dordogne

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(This report could also be called PERUSING THE PERIGORD POURPRE, which I like better, but I'm never quite certain what the difference is between the Perigord and the Dordogne. I think it has been explained here, probably by St. Cirq.)

Our arrival in the Dordogne was a bit dicey, but ended up on a triumphal tasty note! at Lou Peyrol!
(see my first report: "Paris - Dordogne- Paris - Another 20 Matchless Days")

After our excellent dinner and reunion with our friends, we drove the 2 miles down the narrow road to our house (for a week)

Although we bid and won a week at the house at a Land Conservancy benefit Silent Auction, all arrangements were made through SIMPLY PERIGORD.

(Googling that site will give you a long list of great looking large villas to rent in this part of France, which is the Western Dordogne, and come to think of it, probably more central Dordogne also)

We had no problems at all with the house, made only a couple of minor phone calls about how to lock some of the doors, had a nice gal come to clean mid-week, and basically had everything we needed provided for us, including lists of places nearby to eat, shop, sight-see etc.

It is a large (4 bedroom, three bath) 17th century stone country manor in a tiny village called Pressignac-Vicq, about 8 miles north of Lalinde and the Dordogne river, in the Perigord Pourpre, about half an hour from Bergerac.

The house had a great kitchen-dining room which got most of our business. Then there were two wings, each with two bedrooms. There was a large sitting room, a TV room, plus two other small sitting rooms, office-like, out in the wings.

Our room was huge with a king bed, a brand new bathroom, with giant shower, a fireplace, and a lovely view out on the apple orchard.

There was a large pool, with several outdoor sitting areas, so nothing was missing.

I'm going to give you my impressions, and suggestions, not a day-by-day, blow-by-blow account of the week, partly since it would just take too long, and I am over wordy, but also, despite diary jottings, my memories are becoming a blur.

So this will be impressionistic.... Commencing with SARLAT TO THE MAX: MARKET DAY, followed by: BREATHTAKING JARDINS D' EYRIGNAC

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