Trip report: two weeks in the Dordogne

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Oct 8th, 2018, 04:21 PM
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Trip report: two weeks in the Dordogne

In my only other visit to the region a few years ago (A week in the Dordogne), I noted that a week was far too short a time to experience the area, and that a couple more weeks would be well justified. Well, that opportunity came sooner than expected this September, and is detailed in the following phototravelogues (trip report integrated into the picture captions). There were still areas left unvisited, or incompletely seen, and I could easily spend another two weeks there. We'll see if that opportunity presents itself. The albums are in the order of places visited.

Nadaillac-de-Rouge (our home base): https://photos.app.goo.gl/7iC7W18uuc5id2QZ6
Les Eyzies: https://photos.app.goo.gl/j1L1ALNrDzg6LZxE7
Belves: https://photos.app.goo.gl/4uCF33ncGAhvEeUA7
Collonges-la-Rouge: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Hi8FbYLKqYnKtFDU8
Curemonte: https://photos.app.goo.gl/B1Q6v1Ank3qyidpE8
Turenne: https://photos.app.goo.gl/PsjLhXkAVQz9Zdu78
Sarlat: https://photos.app.goo.gl/31UsubLaJwTxrpNt6
Domme: https://photos.app.goo.gl/SrLQpniFaoL3Tpoc9
Beynac: https://photos.app.goo.gl/FWdgAtp2Gs1uSgoRA
La Roque-Gageac: https://photos.app.goo.gl/mb7gMUafXm6BtZnP6
Gourdon: https://photos.app.goo.gl/o5V3DBURh9Up5y6D6
St-Cirq-Lapopie: https://photos.app.goo.gl/wQxGJMdq1BGDdJ8G6
Brantome: https://photos.app.goo.gl/rEwtgEneC937z7HP6
Perigueux: https://photos.app.goo.gl/F9xpA2q3zVxRRcz1A
Figeac: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Qvif9WtmukSyXghK9
Rocamadour:https://photos.app.goo.gl/HvoUR4EBhYKyC7E29
Montfort: https://photos.app.goo.gl/C8nCk9YtnqmqNV2y8
St-Leon-sur-Vezere: https://photos.app.goo.gl/1CEqhMmxCpq9pG177
Lascaux IV: https://photos.app.goo.gl/7xBikHdh6TJyhmJ59
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Oct 8th, 2018, 09:27 PM
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Nice report!
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Oct 9th, 2018, 08:31 AM
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A lifetime is justified here.

Nice photos.
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Oct 9th, 2018, 12:01 PM
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Thank you for your post! I will be there next summer for two weeks (my first visit in the Dordogne). You've given me additional ideas of places to visit.
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A really fine post...one of my favorite areas in France...no, in the world !
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Oct 9th, 2018, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by StCirq View Post
A lifetime is justified here.

Nice photos.
St Cirq, if I understand you correctly, I am in complete agreement with the "lifetime" idea. In my first visit to a new place, I consider myself to having "seen" it, but with the strong feeling that it takes more than one (maybe many more) to begin to "know" it. I have made more than 25 trips to Paris, and still find it endlessly fascinating to both discover the previously unseen, as well as the revisit the familiar - which I often find to no be so familiar after all!

I do a fair amount of post-trip research to create these reports - it gives me the the great pleasure to take the trip again, in a sense. I also find myself with two main thoughts afterwards: (1) Look at how much more interesting the places visited are than I realized at the time, and (2) Look at what I overlooked or missed entirely! Multiple visits help to close these gaps.

So, for the Dordogne for sure, I hope to be back again, as much as the passing of the years allows.
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I enjoyed your photos and report. It's especially nice to see your photos of Brantome. We were there in May 2015 when we visited the Dordogne, but it doesn't seem to be too popular on this forum. I rarely hear people mention Brantome. We really enjoyed it, and it was quiet in May. We also took a scenic drive along the Dronne River visiting some very pretty villages.
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I enjoyed your pictures! Thank you!
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SemiMike, I once surprised myself by realizing that I had been to Paris more than 200 times. I mean, can you imagine that? 200 airplane trips from DC to CDG? But yes, 200 landings in CDG, the smells of soot and sweat and bread dough and fuel and pain chocolat and once again you're in a taxi hurtling into Paris...PARIS! The thrill never ceases. But you have to be a hopeless romantic. And you have to have basically spent your life's savings. You have to be a certain kind of idiot.

And then I found the Dordogne. In 1993. I bought an old stone house for US$90,000 and never looked back. Another total idiot moment. One I'll never regret.
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I enjoyed your photos and report. It's especially nice to see your photos of Brantome. We were there in May 2015 when we visited the Dordogne, but it doesn't seem to be too popular on this forum. I rarely hear people mention Brantome. We really enjoyed it, and it was quiet in May. We also took a scenic drive along the Dronne River visiting some very pretty villages.
The Périgord noir offers more on short visit than the Périgord vert. We had a house in the Périgord vert and yet the Périgord noir offered more sights on the whole, even if it was farther away for us.
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Bookmarking to return later. I was only able to barely dip into your report but it looks wonderful! Thanks for posting this.
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Thank you for sharing ... I can imagine wandering those lovely towns and villages.
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Michael, I agree that the Perigord Noir offers more than the Perigord Vert. Yet several things about the Perigord Vert attracted me when I was planning our trip: the lovely town of Brantome, the scenic drive along the Dronne River, and Chateau de Hautefort. My guidebook described the Perigord Vert as "very green" (no surprise there , and tranquil, which it was in May. In contrast, Sarlat, which we also enjoyed very much and used as our base in the Perigord Noir, was much busier and crowded. Also, my daughter lives in Provence, and Perigord Noir is closer to where she lives, and therefore will be easier to return to for a future visit some day since we didn't see everything we wanted to see in the Perigord Noir.
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Hautefort is in the Périgord noir: https://www.routard.com/guide_carte/...t/perigord.htm
Cherveix-Cubas is the "border" town, but they are both in the same postal code.

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Thanks for sharing your pics - brought back wonderful memories of our own holiday last year, where we received many helpful tips and insights on this forum.
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