Dordogne, Bordeaux & Paris, advice?

Feb 11th, 2019, 05:18 PM
  #21  
kja
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 20,226
I have no regrets about spending a night in Rocomadour because it was a convenient stop along my itinerary, but I would not consider it particularly picturesque in comparison to other villages in the region. JMO.
kja is offline  
Feb 11th, 2019, 06:01 PM
  #22  
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 20,479
I prefer Rocamadour from a distance than the village itself. However, I did get two interesting pictures in the interior of the main church, taken ten minutes apart; Just click on the picture and then place the cursor on the lower part of the virgin:

Last edited by Michael; Feb 11th, 2019 at 06:03 PM.
Michael is online now  
Feb 12th, 2019, 10:43 AM
  #23  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 45,628
Rocamadour doesn't float my boat, though it's got some visual clout from a distance. I much prefer Collonges-la-Rouge, Martel, and Carennac and thereabouts. The Gouffre de Padirac is a bit of a treat, too, though very highly touristed.

You're right about the Jardin de l'Imaginaire, Michael; it's a bit of a novelty but not really in the league of great gardens. I'd forgotten about the gardens in Limeuil - they are lovely.

Have no idea about Dassault, but Bordeaux has a LOT to offer these days!
StCirq is online now  
Feb 12th, 2019, 11:32 AM
  #24  
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 75,913
Rocamadour is often called the 2nd most visited place in France outside Paris (Mont-Saint-Michel is first) - not sure about that but Rocamadour is a very popular places which may be a reason some don't like it - but if you get into its history as one of the most important medieval and current religious meccas in France and see the revered holy relic in the main basilica or whatever it's called. I enjoyed walking down from the top level via stairs to each level. To me it was a totally unique place that was, along with Gouffre de Padirac, that I remember most about this area. It's been years since I did the cave experience but then you went down into the huge opening and got on a punt, propelled by, at that time, a plump guy who was also smoking in this delicate area! Padirac floated my boat not only with the usual stalactites and stalacmites (sp?) but people-watching the many others on the tour.
PalenQ is online now  
Feb 13th, 2019, 09:09 AM
  #25  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 38
Great shot of the praying hands! In fact Rocamadour does look lovely. Thanks for all the great tips and pictures - I know have a lot to go over on the looooong plane trip from Oregon. If I think of anything else I'll remember to post!
TheModoc is offline  
Feb 13th, 2019, 09:14 AM
  #26  
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 20,479
Originally Posted by TheModoc View Post
Great shot of the praying hands! In fact Rocamadour does look lovely. Thanks for all the great tips and pictures - I know have a lot to go over on the looooong plane trip from Oregon. If I think of anything else I'll remember to post!
But it's a mystery as I do not recall any figure in front of the statue, much less one that changes positions.
Michael is online now  
Feb 13th, 2019, 02:12 PM
  #27  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 38
Originally Posted by Michael View Post
But it's a mystery as I do not recall any figure in front of the statue, much less one that changes positions.
Ahh, that's creeeepy! What about a reflection from another part of the room - tell me that's got to be a possibility. Otherwise...years ago I had an actual film camera and forget there was film in the camera I ended up with double-exposures and a few of them were super odd and eerily wonderful like that.
TheModoc is offline  
Feb 13th, 2019, 02:22 PM
  #28  
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 20,479
Originally Posted by TheModoc View Post
Ahh, that's creeeepy! What about a reflection from another part of the room - tell me that's got to be a possibility. Otherwise...years ago I had an actual film camera and forget there was film in the camera I ended up with double-exposures and a few of them were super odd and eerily wonderful like that.
A reflection that changes position? Is there maybe a projection? It is creepy. The picture was taken with a digital camera, lessening the chances of a double exposure.

Last edited by Michael; Feb 13th, 2019 at 02:24 PM.
Michael is online now  
Feb 13th, 2019, 02:25 PM
  #29  
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 75,913
https://www.la-foret-des-singes.com/en/

And families may especially like the Forest of the Monkeys just outside Rocamadour!
PalenQ is online now  
Feb 13th, 2019, 08:52 PM
  #30  
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 46
Hi TheModoc,
Maybe also check out tiny Espagnac-Ste-Eulalie, just NE of St Cirq or Villefranche-de-Rouergue just SE of St Cirq over in Aveyron? The latter has a VG market. Casting the net even further eastward, you could perhaps visit Conques and also Belcastel. Closer to your home-base (Sarlat) see also Loubressac and its miniature neighbour, Autoire.
As has been noted, you are spoiled for choice, yeah? Such a concentration of towns and villages worthy of your time one doesn't see too often.
Bonne Chance!
zebec is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -

FODOR'S VIDEO

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 05:01 PM.