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Our Month in France - Paris, Normandy, Dordogne and Provence

Our Month in France - Paris, Normandy, Dordogne and Provence

Sep 12th, 2009, 05:38 AM
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Thanks for a wonderful and entertaining report!

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Sep 12th, 2009, 07:57 AM
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jobo...it takes a fellow Angeleno to write such a great report on overseas travel....LOL. Happy everything went so well for you. ...and Thank You!

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Sep 12th, 2009, 08:34 AM
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Great report!!! Les Cordeliers looks great.

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Sep 12th, 2009, 10:21 AM
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Jobo, thanks for your report and for reminding us that a taste of a place can encourage one to return. I too have wondered about the need to take photos of artwork in museums. I had to laugh at your comment that those who do this should be locked up and forced to snap "until their index fingers fall off." Also agree.

Michael, thanks for adding the footnote about the trial of the Germans who destroyed Oradour-sur-Glane. I always wondered about that. But then a lot of "murky" things happened right after the war (and during as well).
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jobo...it takes a fellow Angeleno to write such a great report on overseas travel....

MaiTai...in my post to OP above, I was remiss not to add "Pasadenan" in your honor! Forgive.
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MaiTai...in additon...GO PADRES! we desparately need your help to squelch the Rocks..last night was inexcusable...ugh.

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Loved your trip report. I have actually gone back and reread it all and enjoyed it even better the second time!

May I ask a few questions we will be travelling from Provence near Buoux to the Dordogne - staying in Sarlat. Which route did you take? We have been advised to take the longer route (although quicker) via Montpellier, Toulouse, mainly autoroutes. By reading, it sounds like you may have done the route through the mountains. How long was you trip driving time? We have been advised it will take 6 hours driving time, is this a fair estimate, obviously we do not know the roads.

We would love to do the canoeing on the Dordogne, did you organise this once you arrived in Sarlat? Do they drop you off or pick you up. What company did you use?

Can you book the Font du Gaume tours over the internet? I note you said they were booked up well ahead. We will be in Sarlat mid October.
The Dordogne part of our holiday is our least organised we just thought we would "go with the flow" but have some things on our list. BTW there are 6 of us

Thanking you for your any help you can give
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Loved your trip report. Easy to read, funny, and brings up memories of how I felt the first time I spent an entire summer in France. Now you can plan your next trip to Europe, pick another country, and do the same thing all over again!

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Sep 12th, 2009, 06:00 PM
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For those that don't know anyrhing about Aradour
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Sorry, the link: I've visited twice as it's on the way to friends.

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Sep 13th, 2009, 08:48 AM
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Thanks for you comments. We had such a great time in all the places we visited that I felt almost compelled to write the trip report.

As to your questions: (1) we did in fact take the route over the mountains (we almost never took the autoroute, but it depends on how much time you want to drive the back roads, which by the way are in great shape, the French really take care of even the secondary roads). I'm not sure exactly how long it took, since we stopped in several small villages to look around and in a couple to eat. Some of the villages, like Figeac and Oradour we spent even more time. But to tell the truth, if you don't stop, I'm not sure the mountain road is any longer, since the autoroute goes way out of the way rather than a direct route to Provence. Certainly, the mountain road is more scenic. But we also had estimated about 6 hours to take the autoroute.

As for the canoe trip, there are tons of canoe companies all along the river, there's really no need to book in advance, you just show up, leave your car, they drive you up the river to the point where you want to begin (you can take any length trip from 2 to 25 km), they drop you off, and you canoe back to their site where you get back to your car. There are also brochures all over Sarlat that give the names of the canoe companies and phone numbers to contact them, if you have questions or want to book in advance. We just showed up, once we knew how far we wanted to go. It's a great trip.

As for Font du Gaume, yes, you really should book in advance. I don't know of a web site (you can Google it, and there are several sites that offer descriptions, but no way to actually contact the cave via the web). However, the phone number for reservations is +33-553068600; fax number is +33-553352618.

I highly recommend the visit to Castlenaud in the Dordogne. Great tour and lots of history and a wonderful view of the valley and the river.

6 Sounds six times better. Hope you all have a great time. Hope this helps.
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Sep 13th, 2009, 10:39 AM
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What a fantastic trip report; I felt as though I was there. I don't know how, but I've never heard of Oradour-sur-glane which is a fascinating story and about which I will now read.

You've made me want to hop on the next AF flight but that's not new...
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"When I called the bank they admitted they just hadn’t seen the notice I had given (I called the security department twice before I left the US to insure this wouldn’t happen). Great bank!!!!. Buyer beware. Always have another option.

My bank did this too me this May. I was in the process of changing banks and the NEW bank got it right. Guess what? BofA has lost a customer. I spent an hour on the phone to put the notice on the account and then they don't do anything with it???? LOL!
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Sep 13th, 2009, 12:34 PM
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Aussie_10, you might run the route from Buoux to Sarlat through Mappy to compute the shortest route:


When we were in Buoux, we had a nice lunch at the Auberge de la Loube. The chef was rather amused by our attempts to pronounce the name of his village. He says it's two syllables: French pronunciation: "bu-ouks". It's sort of like "Byewks", but has a French "u" instead of the "ee" sound of the y. That's a front rounded vowel, which as generations of students have discovered, doesn't exist in English. It's very hard to transition cleanly between the "u" and the "ou". At least, it's very hard for me. It didn't seem to be much of a problem for the chef.

I'm currently in Montblanc, in the Languedoc region of France, and I just told this story to a French man, and asked him to pronounce the name of the village. He also said "Byewks", so maybe you have to be from there to get it right.

The complete trip report on that trip can be found at:


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Sep 13th, 2009, 01:28 PM
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Hi jobo, thank you so much for your wonderful trip review!

Happy to hear that you and your family had a great time.

Your son sounds delightful and you are so funny - especially your comment about the real estate in Paris!

I am going to Paris and Bayeux in June, 2010.
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Sep 15th, 2009, 05:57 AM
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Loved your report - took me right back to Sarlat and made me want to go back!

Thanks for posting, you're style of writing makes for an enjoyable read!


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Sep 15th, 2009, 07:15 AM
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When we were in Buoux, we had a nice lunch at the Auberge de la Loube

Larry...we had the very same conversation with the owner/chef about ten years ago...we found the auberge based on the so-called "Peter Mayle Trayle"...his wicker tray of a dozen or more "condiments" is unforgettable...thanks for the memory...
at lunch, Roz and I were the sole guests.

Stu T.
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yeh...Maurice is his name....
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Really enjoyed your report, sounds like you made some wonderful memories.
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Sep 16th, 2009, 08:14 AM
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Thank you. This evoked memories of our 2005 trip when we went to many of the same places over a 17 day period. You will always remember this. Lucky son!
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