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By Hannah

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Sarlat: Medieval City

Sarlat: Medieval City

These past two days have been spent travelling from St-Clément-des-Levées to Sarlat-la-Canéda to Loudres. Along the way, we've toured a medieval village, visited a castle and driven down the windiest roads in France. It hasn't exactly been as exciting or interesting as Paris, but that's what travel is, I suppose. It's taking the time to get to the best of places, and enjoying the journey there.

Our first day of travelling started early, as always, and we left our country house for a cramped hotel room. It was a long drive, about five hours altogether, but a picnic in between and the use of our extensive collection of devices helped the time pass more quickly. When we arrived in Sarlat-la-Canéda, we found that our hotel did not open for another hour. So we headed for the heart of the small town to explore what we could. After a bit of stressful traffic circle manoeuvring (which involved our GPS chanting "turn around when possible" every minute or so), we came to the medieval village at the heart of Sarlat. With the help of a map from the tourism office, we walked streets and saw buildings that had been built as far back as the 12th century. I was chosen to lead us, and spent as much time looking at the map as I did anything else. I'll give it to Dad next time. At the end of our small adventure, we ducked into a couple specialty shops and took a look at some of the local wares. We discovered that we were in the town of foie gras and black truffles. Neither looked very good and both were incredibly expensive, but someone must buy them as it seems to be Sarlat's main source of income. Perhaps I'll have to cook with them sometime.



Today we visited Château de Castelnaud, which is located in the Dordogne Valley. It's perched on top of a hill, which is dotted with old stone cottages. We drove up to it on an increasingly windy road, and then walked a short distance to see a foggy but spectacular view of the valley below. The château itself is a castle with classic French turrets. It dates back to the 1100s, and its ownership has been passed around quite a bit through the centuries. Behind it are a few catapults, still at the ready with boulders beside them. We spent quite a bit of time trying to take pictures that would do justice to the castle, valley and surrounding forest, but I'm afraid you'll just have to go there yourself if you want the whole experience.

We arrived in Lourdes this afternoon, quickly settling in to our relatively large hotel room. Abby and I are in bunk beds. She's on top, but at least I can kick her from below if she snores too loudly. After the grocery shopping, dinner and collective crash that takes place after two days of travelling were over with, I was told to write about these past two comparatively dull days. Personally, I wasn't sure if they deserved the recognition that an entire blog post brings. However, I'm told that documentation is necessary and generally appreciated. Hopefully I've portrayed it as interesting enough. And hey, a dull day in France is an exciting one back home, right?

Posted by KZFamily 13:46 Archived in France Tagged lourdes dordogne st-clément-des-levées sarlat-la-canéda castlenaud

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16:58pst 23/11/12
Thank you Hannah,
Back in BC , your Dad would not be allowed to look at the map while driving so I guess that means you might get some driving lessons in Europe than your wish would come true. :)
You blog post is very informative and one always appreciates photos. I have to compliment you all on the enormous detail of each place you visit that is supplied. If it was me it would be from the brochures I've picked up to help me remember. Mind you it must be the Teacher and Analyst in your family that has caused you all to be truly informative.
As to snoring , not much hope to solve, we are excused of that including the dog at times.
What type of GPS are you using and is it loaded from local maps. Has the GPS voice caused you to throw it out yet though the car I gether came with one. What is the walking one like.
I just finished doing my weekly grocery shopping and while having a cheese/red onion. tomato sandwich at the cafe I saw your note on my mobile.
Had a great chuckle.
"à bientôt". to all of you

Cheers / Rob

by RobBar

You are so right Hannah, it is exciting for us here at home. Keep on writing. It may be somewhat dull for you, we enjoy it very much. Opa.

by G.Koning

Peter here. I think the pictures of the Dordogne Valley are spectacular! Makes me want to live there. Keep up the postings please, KZ family; those of us stuck in our daily Victoria routines (get to go to Sooke for soccer today) can live adventures vicariously through this blog.

by adrost

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