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Aug 25th, 2012, 12:28 PM
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Dordogne---Cingle de Montfort---Chateau Montfort??

Should we do both or is one enough? They are in different locations, right? Close but separate?
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Aug 25th, 2012, 01:03 PM
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I'm not sure how you'd "do" either one of them. Unless somethings changed recently (and Carlux would know, I bet), the Château de Montfort is privately owned and can't be visited. The Cingle de Montfort is just a big hairpin bend in the river (that's what cingle means). Worth a drive-by, I guess, if you're over that way.
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Aug 25th, 2012, 01:33 PM
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Exactly - The Cingle de Montfort is a bend in the road, with a beautiful view, including the Chateau (also the Ferme de Turnac, with a large popluation of geese, and thousands of walnut trees.) Takes all of 5 minutes. Note also the plaque to Resistance heroes
http://cettesemaineacarlux.blogspot....1_archive.html

The Chateau itself is closed, and the village probably not worth spending much time in. There are lots of more interesting places around.

But the view of the Cingle is worth stopping for. Just remember that you are on the side of a narrow winding road with a fair number of cars and don't wander across as too many tourists do.

(Can I add here that you may be working this holiday planning a little too much if you're getting into this detail? You won't be able to see everything, and part of the pleasure of being here is coming across unexpected sights.)
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Aug 25th, 2012, 01:40 PM
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The best views of Ch Monfort from the Cingle are in the morning. In the afternoon, the Chateau will just be a shadow - with the sun in your face.

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Aug 25th, 2012, 08:17 PM
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Thanks for clearing that up. I have to agree that I look up so much stuff that sometimes I get confused. I read about the views and thought it might be interesting.

I do love the research and make lots of notes. Usually when we arrive, half the notes go out the window and are unused because we do like to just wander. Other than a few reservations(G. de Padriac, Font de Gaume, and a dinner reserv.) we'll just wing it as we always do, but the things I've read do stick in my mind a bit which sometimes helps.

Stu--I appreciate all of your suggestions for lighting as MDH loves to take photos.
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Aug 25th, 2012, 09:04 PM
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TPAYT - chill. Stop reading (I can't believe I'm saying this, but I am!) Just get in the car and drive. Clear your mind. Take a Zen attitude. Don't plan. Wander aimlessly. Don't regularize it on the basis of other vacations you've taken. Zone out. Stay on the D roads, better yet, the dirt tracks.

You'll never want for beautiful vistas or food or amazing discoveries. Try to visit the Dordogne with a new perspective from other vacations. The absolute best things you will bring away from the Dordogne are the things you never read about in any guidebook and that you just happened upon rounding a corner in a faraway D-road or tractor track in the middle of nowhere. GET LOST!!
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Aug 26th, 2012, 07:40 AM
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OK, so we're 2 weeks out and I'm going to stop reading trip reports (StCirq---I can't believe I'm saying this either.)

I'm a planner, MDH is definitely NOT but he does appreciate it when I come up with something.

As to getting lost, MDH is usually the human GPS, looks at a map once and it's in his head. Me, I'm directionaly challenged, always lost. Oh well, we've been married for 38 yrs. so something is working.
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