Focus On The Green Lane Between Bergerac and Prigonrieux: Chemin de la Batellerie

Focus On The Green Lane Between Bergerac and Prigonrieux: Chemin de la Batellerie

Last week (Tues 9th of april 2019), we decided to check on the Green Lane progress between Prigonrieux and Bergerac ie Le Chemin de la Batellerie (walk connected to the Pierre Loti footpath from the Bergerac port: my article here).

Work is still in progress with some parts already done (tarmac) and some not.

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One thing is for sure, it’s a brilliant and relaxing walk to do with an awesome view of the river Dordogne and french countryside with wild flowers!

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New Bridoire Easter Egg Hunt

New Bridoire Easter Egg Hunt

It’s impossible to talk about Easter without mentioning the great Egg Hunt in Bridoire! my articles here and here .

Bridoire ie the Castle of Games

Traditionally, this treasure hunt takes place in the castle or right outside, in the park.

This year, Bridoire has decided to open 2 sites for its epic treasure hunt: the castle and its 3km maze, The Mysterious Valley!

So, bookmark your Easter week end (20, 21 and 22sd of april 2019) for these Eggtastic Egg Hunts!

More infos (entrance fees….)

Book Online Your Tickets

Bridoire castle is 30 mins drive from our holiday home in the historic village of Beaumont du Perigord

Best Fun Way To Learn History With Kids: LascauxIV

Best Fun Way To Learn History With Kids: LascauxIV

Fancy learning about prehistoric art?

Come along with us and discover Lascaux IV, the International Centre for Cave Art in Montignac (1h20 drive from our holiday home in Beaumont du Perigord).

Lascaux caves, the original, were “found” by four Périgourdin young boys from Montignac in 1940. World Famous for its palaeolithic cave paintings, the site, victim of its success, was closed to the public in 1963 to ensure the art’s survival (humidity, germs, etc. brought in by visitors led to fungal infection threatened to destroy the art).

In 1983, near the original entrance, was built a facsimile with an exact copy of the 2 main halls of Lascaux : Lascaux II was born.

More recently, in decembre 2016, a bigger and better replica was open to the public.

It’s the complete replica of the original cave with its 2000 wall paintings left by Cro-Magnon men more than 18 000 years ago (you can see the hole used by Marcel Ravidat to enter the cave).

But more than a copy, Lascaux IV is a brilliant concept which not only faithfully reproduces the original cave paintings, but also offers extensive information about those primitive men, how they painted, hunted, and lived thanks to the use of interactive and digital screens. 

Lascaux IV

Lascaux was
“ found” by four Périgourdin young boys from Montignac in 1940

After the guided tour of the replica, wander around the “Lascaux Studio” and admire the reproduction of 8 main walls of the cave and learn more about cave art!


One of the eight main walls of Lascaux on show in the Studio

Create your own cave painting using the same tools and techniques used by our ancestors.

Fun with kids: Amelia, our daughter using one of the touch screens

Opening hours, entrance fees & practical details: https://www.lascaux.fr/en
To Book in advance your ticket (advised): https://goo.gl/WkEcjE
Guided tour available in your own language
Each visitor gets an interactive digital tablet combined with a camera (you can take up to 20 photos and send them for free to any email address of your choice).


My previous article about Lascaux: https://goo.gl/G6reJz

Looking for more Dordogne vacation ideas? Lots of things to see and do!
Read our local guide full packed with in the know tips !

And if you’re looking for the perfect base, to explore the Dordogne from, L’Ancienne Ecole, our holiday home in the heart of the historic village of Beaumont du Perigord is perfect!

For more infos, visit our website: L’Ancienne Ecole

New Revolutionary Public Pool Run on Renewable Energies: Aqualudic Park in Bergerac

New Revolutionary Public Pool Run on Renewable Energies: Aqualudic Park in Bergerac

The “Parc Aqualudique” project was born due to the fact that the current Piquecailloux Public Pool in Bergerac, opened since 1972, is starting to show signs of ageing and becomes increasingly expensive to run.

My article about the “Parc Aqualudique” in Bergerac:
https://goo.gl/MizZGU

More infos: https://goo.gl/JvUdyf and https://goo.gl/9KgRcs

Much bigger and capable to accomodate the needs of local residents, this new family friendly aquatic complex will be more cost effective to run thanks to the use of geothermal energy, solar panels and rainwater harvesting.

Feb 2019: Digging up the ground for the pools

March 2019: drilling the first well (172 m deep) for the geothermal power.


Aqualudic Park should open its doors on the first trimester of 2020.

Focus On The Bergerac Green Lane: Walking & Cycling Along the Dordogne River

Focus On The Bergerac Green Lane: Walking & Cycling Along the Dordogne River

Green Lane ? what is it?

The Green Lane also called the V91 is more than 30 kms of path along the river Dordogne for an easy walk or a long bike trail, from Mouleydier to Gardonne via Bergerac harbour.

Worked started in 2017 and is due to be finished in 2021.

My article about the Green Lane:
https://goo.gl/5BR8V1


Some portions are already opened.
For more details, read my article about the different walks we did :https://goo.gl/46tnmY

Sources:
CAB website : https://goo.gl/QHFAyx
CAB FB page :https://goo.gl/3GPymQ


In Bergerac, around the harbour, the Green Lane has led to some traffic disruptions – closure of the Salvette Quay till next friday (28 /03/19).


Bergerac City Hall advised drivers instead to use the ring roads.


A temporary one-way system will be then implemented till the completion of the work (01/06/19) from Bellegarde to the new bridge.

In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of the work in progress (Thanks to @natrphoto) !

Can’t wait to see the final result in June!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BvL-H9YF0pG/

Announcing Our Sensational Summer Sale

Announcing Our Sensational Summer Sale

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Our Top 10 Things To Do and See: https://goo.gl/tevx9s

Reasons to holiday in our village,Beaumont du Perigord : http://mydordogneselfcatering.com/3-reasons-to-holiday-in-beaumont-du-perigord/

Reasons to holiday in Dordogne (SW of France): http://mydordogneselfcatering.com/4-reasons-to-holiday-in-dordogne/

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Bargain Hunt in Beaumont: Easter Monday Flea Market

Bargain Hunt in Beaumont: Easter Monday Flea Market

Rooting and rummaging around a French brocante (car boot sale) is one of the best ways to spend Easter…. and you never know what treasure you can find and bring home!

Our village, Beaumont du Perigord, is getting ready for its Easter Brocante monday, 22sd of april 2019 from 6am to 6pm (200 stalls) at the main square and adjacents streets.

Art deco frames and painting, vintage glassware, local crockery, old mirrors & clocks, jars and pottery, cutlery, candle holders, jewelry, vintage chairs, old dolls and vintage toys… you name it: this flea market is always a fun time for bargain hunters, tourists or just passersby!

Come and join the fun!

5 Easy Kid Friendly Woodland Walks To Try Near Bergerac

5 Easy Kid Friendly Woodland Walks To Try Near Bergerac

Here’s our Top 5 forest walks suitable for the whole family!

For these walks, we use the free app (randogps)
More infos and how to download the free app on your android phone:

1- Sainte Foy Des Vignes

5km from Bergerac
Trail: 5,8 km
More details: https://goo.gl/f4NoiE

2-Bosset and the Forest of the Double

15km from Bergerac
Trail: 4,7km
More details: https://goo.gl/qzYo8M

3- Cause de Clérans

16km from Bergerac
Trail: 4,4km
More details: https://goo.gl/Lnw8oF



4- Saint Gery

22km from Bergerac
Trail: 3,5km
More details: https://goo.gl/VhM4md

5- Beaupouyet Forest

27km from Bergerac
Trail: 4,4km
More details: https://goo.gl/LGE4Ht


Free Woodland Activities For Kids Near Bergerac

Free Woodland Activities For Kids Near Bergerac

The Beaupouyet forest (35mins from Bergerac) is a great place where you can bring your children, have a picnic and spend an afternoon of fun with lots of outdoor activities to do!

You can choose to go for an 1 hour walk with the whole family.

It’s a very easy walk of 4,4 km with a starting point from the carpark. We use, once again, the very reliable and free app randogps (https://goo.gl/JjoKgr)

or

You can have a go at the numerous educational forest games: maze where you need to find 8 terrifying monsters from the greek mythology, arboretum , hides to spy on the wildlife …
This is fun and holds an excellent learning experience without boring children!

or you can do both!

Photo taken: 13/02/19

For more family friendly walks:https://goo.gl/831eUu

For more secret picnic spots near Bergerac:https://goo.gl/vHtPMH

Have a great sunday!