Staying in the Dordogne today with a visit to La Roque (Roc) Saint Christophe overlooking the Vezere river. This is a fascinating site if you’re interested in historical sites.
Eighty metres up the limestone rock face, and over a kilometer in length is the largest troglodyte settlement in Europe. The site was occupied by man from neanderthal times through the middle ages until the start of the renaissance period. The effort needed to build at these heights, hauling everything up the cliff face, must have been out weighed by the security from raiders and wild animals.
At the time of visit the charge was 9€ for an adult, given the size of the cité, the historical interest and the lovely views over the river, I don’t think this was a bad price. There’s a gift shop on-site and a café and toilets at the car park below. Due to the number of steps I would rate the site as unsuitable for wheelchair users and anyone who has difficulty climbing stairs would struggle.
One of the advantages in living in this part of the Dordogne is that we’re close enough to the attractions in the neighbouring departments. Today we visited Collonges-la-Rouge, a delightful village in the Corrèze. Built from delicious red sandstone the village features some excellent restaurants and a number of gift shops. There’s a pay car park on the edge of the town, which I should image will get very busy in-season. Parking was reasonably priced at 3euro for the afternoon\ We ate lunch at Le Cantou and very nice it was.
These furry bumblebees seem to have taken up residence in the living room shutters. Being of hollow construction I guess they where just the right size for the bees to fit in.
We have the windows open and the bees come and go. They come into the room only occassionally and don’t bother us much. Will have to keep an eye on the size of the colony though, as the summer goes on.
Having not used the car since Saturday I opened the boot yesterday to find a wasp had started to build it’s home inside the hinge at the top of the door. I’m glad I caught it before its family had really taken off.
Objat is a pleasant little town in the Corrèze that is renowned for it’s Sunday market. There’s plenty of parking space and the market wends it’s way through the town streets to the market hall. Here they have vegetables, flowers, bedding plants and some poultry, guinea pigs, cage birds and rabbits. Outside there’s the usual shoes and clothes for sale along with plenty of cheese and meat stalls, fresh cooked chickens and huge pans of paella and potatoes fried in duck fat with lardons and onions. There are plenty of shops and cafe bars open too. Here’s a few snaps from this morning’s visit, I’m sure we’ll be going back again soon.
It’s been a very pleasant week here with plenty of warm autumn sunshine. As that’s likely to change from tomorrow I took a walk around the village at lunchtime to take in the autumn atmosphere. Here are a few photos from our beautiful village of Badefols-D’Ans.
It’s funny how simple differences between countries and cultures can trip you up.
This October we’ve been impressed with the huge sales of chrysanthemums in all the supermarkets. Even marquees full of them in the car parks. Huge tubs of brilliant bright blooms. Well, we love chrysanthemums, so at the weekend we bought a huge tub and set it proudly on our kitchen window sill for all to see.
It was only last night that we discovered that ‘mums in France are associated with the dead. The French buy then at the end of October and, on All Saints Day (1st November) they take them to the cemetries to decorate the graves of family and friends. Ooooops!
Needless to say, we’ve removed our display from the window sill!