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.
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)
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!
Looking for some fun things to do with your family…. here’s some ideas!!!!
1- Feeding Koi carps : Les Jardins D’Eau (Carsac-Aillac )
8km from Sarlat, in Carsac-Aillac, you will be mesmerized by The Water Gardens, Les Jardins d’Eau, with its amazing display of 55 different types of water lilies, 30 Lotus plants and other aquatic plants!
Boardwalk maze, japanese inspired cascade and bridge walk, tame Koi carp you can feed, stroke and have them nibble your finger!
More details: Website: http://www.jardinsdeau.com/ Location: Les Jardins d’Eau – Saint Rome – 24200 Carsac-Aillac Each child gets some food for the karp at the entrance.
We have now seen several caves in Dordogne and overseas and I must say, Maxange is our number one with its eccentric concretions! It’s a display of rare quality which form bouquets that decorate the roof and walls of the caves.
6km from Cadouin, in Le Buisson de Cadouin, Maxange caves were discovered recently (in 2000) and classified in 2013. They are trully amazing and a must-see!
More details: Website: http://lesgrottesdemaxange.com/ Location: Lieu dit Mestreguiral, Le Buisson de Cadouin. Tour takes 40 mins French and english spoken Not suitable for wheelchair and buggy Only photos without flash are allowed in the cave (no video, no flash)
3- Discover the history of our fortified village at night time (Beaumont)
This summer, join a guided torchlight walk through our village to learn more about the history, architecture and tales behind its stone walls.
More details: Meeting Point: outside the Tourism Office (Place Jean Moulin in Beaumont) Dates: Every thrusday from 9.30pm Entrance fees: 6€ per adult (bonus: 1 free torch per family) free for under 8 years old children Extra torch: 2€
4- Easy & fun canoeing (Brantome)
Want to give caneing a try but don’t want to go on a tiring journey?
Brantome also called the “Venise du Perigord” is a fabulous place very picturesque with nice relaxed places to eat, beautiful gardens…. and the perfect location to go for an 1 hour of canoe round the town.
The river is often very shallow and feels safe for novice or nervous canoeists with two wiers thrown in for a bit of fun!
Sail one of electric boats: tug, trawler, ferry, steam Mississippi barges in Bergerac.
Adress: Miniature port, Pond Campréal, Pablo Picasso St, 24100 BERGERAC GPS 44.849014,0.501981 Price and opening hours: http://bit.ly/2pBWy3Y
6- Fun on tracks: The Velorail (Corgnac sur l’Isle)
This is great if you are looking for a fun day to see some Dordogne countryside with all the family or all your friends or both. Like a land version of a Jules Vernes contraption, let me introduce you to the Velorail. You will be pedaling all the way to a family fun day out guaranteed on an old railway system over bridges, through stations of an older bygone age. Bring a picnic basket to have along the way or wait to have a refreshment at the train station terminal. Then let off the brakes and roll all the way back down woohoo!!!!!
The track starts at the railway station of Corgnac sur l’Isle (1H45mins from our villa in Beaumont) Each Velorail has 2 sets of pedals and can take up till 5 people (adults and children all ages) Price: 27euros per Velorail (11km ie 2 hours of fun) Reservations are required by phone (tél.: +33 5 53 52 42 93)
In July and August, every thrusday, departure at 7.30pm just before dark for a thrill descent!
Tips: – arrive early to purchase the tickets and fill in the paperwork, then you can come back later on for the ride without the hassle to queue. – The extra tener for the electric assistance is wellll worth it!. You still have to pedal but it is a more enjoyable experience since you don’t break a sweat!!! – Don’t look for the toilets at the departure, there is none (only at the arrival). So drive up to the village of Corgnac, and use the spotless and free public toilet located next to the post office. – During the week, you can’t have a pic nic at the arrival (only at the week end) but in the village, we found a lovely& quiet spot near the river for our lunch. – Try to be last in the queue so you leave first and arrive at the top for the toilets first. It can get a bit crazy the toilets that is.
7-Glide on a 18th c replica wooden barge to discover the Dordogne (Bergerac)
Tired of walking around trying to discover the treasures and beauties of the Dordogne? Here’s another way to put your feet up and take a short & sweet break! Comfortably settled on board on one of these 18th c replica barge, let yourself lazily drift on the water, a river once used to transport wood, wine and spices. Learn about the history of the area linked to the 100 years war, admire the splendid views and glide past some of Périgord’s most beautiful castles. The time flies very quickly but you’ll be glad of the experience.
8- On the top of the world: Panoramic Gardens (Limeuil)
Classified as “One of the Most Beautiful Villages of France” in 1990, the extraordinary medieval village of Limeuil proudly takes its place as one of the jewels of the Périgord.
Standing on its rocky promontary at the confluence of the two rivers, the Dordogne and the Vézère, Limeuil is well worth a visit. After exploring the village, carry on to the very top to discover The Panoramic Gardens with its exceptional views across the Dordogne Valley.
The gardens are more an educational attraction for kids rather than a formal garden and older visitors will enjoy the identification of plants and herbs. The setting and views are what makes the place unmissable.
9-Up up and away, Les Montgolfières du Périgord (La Roque Gageac)
Take advantage of clear day to take off from their base, just accross the village of La Roque Gageac in Dordogne for a breathtaking trip in the air. Open all year, this very professional team offers different types of rides but the most popular is Périgord 360° (1hour flight) where you can enjoy the views of different castles like Beynac, Puymartin, Castelnaud, the gardens of Marqueyssac..
10-Spy on the fish in Aquarium du Périgord Noir (Le Bugue)
Watch some wonderful, well-kept soft water creatures like koi carp,mirror carp,common carp, ghost carp, snakes,crocs ..And, if you stay around the carp till around lunch time you can feed them with mussels from one of the parks attendents.
12- Imagine what roman life was like in Vesunna museum (Perigueux)
This glass atrium hosts a stunning exhibit built over a dig site of a roman villa. It offers a glimpse into the past and brings to life what roman life was like. It includes stone buildings, plaster walls and.displays many original artefacts from the era. So in all, a must visit if you are in the area. But make sure you purchase the audio guide, it was only a euro and essential as all the signage is in French.
Built on a rock outcrop, Belvès boasts a breathtaking view of the Nauze Valley. It’s a fortified village dated back from the 11th century with a typical bastide layout and centre, and a preserved 15th century covered market hall. Despite the invasions and the wars, it has kept numerous vestiges of its heritages.
One of them are the troglodyte dwellings. Unique in Périgord, these 8 houses carved in the rock were the peasants’s refuge from the 13th to the 18th century are quite fascinating. The 45 mins tour guided will give you an insight of what was life like during medieval time and brings to life the history of this place.
Tickets sold in the Tourism Office and meeting point at the square Entrance fees : adults (5,50euros) children (2,50 euros) No pushchairs or buggies Tours start at 11am, 3pm and 4pm for a minimum of 4 people and max of 18.
14- Learn about our ancestors: Lascaux 4 caves (Montignac)
The International Centre for Cave Art (Lascaux IV) opened in December 2016 at the foot of the Lascaux hill is a must see if you’re visiting the Dordogne.
Book online your english tour: https://goo.gl/uJS23e Entrance Fees: 17€ for over 13, 11€ for children 5-12
15- Canoe past picturesque villages
Travel along the majestic Dordogne river and enjoy spectacular views (gorges, towering chateaux, fields of sunflowers, kingfishers, martins, and much more).
16- Revisit your childhood in Bridoire Castle (Ribagnac)
Not like any other castle, this place is nicknamed “The Castle of the Games” because numerous games from the Medieval period have been meticulously researched and brought together for the amusement of the visitors (archery, giant chess game, costume tent where one can get dressed as a typical knight….).
Summer in the Dordogne is always busy and there are always plenty of things to see and do !
One of our favorite is the Summer Night Market or Foodie Market (“Marche Gourmand”). If you’re in the area, it’s the best way to spend a brillant evening feasting on local food, freshly cooked in front of you and dance to your heart’s content.
It’s a very popular event and it’s no wonder it’s one of the highlight of our village, Beaumont du Périgord (Dordogne, SW of France) !
Every monday at 6.30pm, simply walk up the street from our vacation rental home to the market square, the beating heart of our village, to mingle with the locals and share an fantastic evening. Grab one of the tables which are set up and walk around the market stalls to buy directly from the local producers whatever you fancy for supper. Market traders provide everything from wine, starters, cooked meals (Lamb kebabs, duck sausages, mussels, black pudding, lamb chops.simple sausages or steaks, with chips naturally..). and deserts (yummy freshly picked strawberries….)and each supply the appropriate plastic cups or cutlery. There is something for all tastes. So you can choose your meal and take it back to the table and enjoy dining under the stars, al frescoe with music by a local band.
The Riding School CEPB is also present at the square to delight little ones with its pony rides! It’s a fun way to discover the cobbled streets of our village!
You’ll find similar Night Markets all around The Dordogne. Here’s a list of the villages (Note: the list below may be subject to change so please do check with the local Office de Tourisme – Source: https://goo.gl/ZP7zsn)
Monday Beaumont-du-Perigord, Couse et St Front, Bergerac, Montignac, Saint-Alvere, Saint-Estephe, Villefranche-du-Perigord
Tuesday Bouzic, Champniers et Reilhac, Coux et Bigaroque, Eymet, Le Pizou, Saint-Amand-de-Coly, Saint-Astier, Saint Alvere, Thenon, Tourtoirac, Tremolat Varaignes
Is anybody excited about this year's Christmas Market in Bergerac? The festive market is due to open tomorrow but if you can't wait that long, here's a sneak peek at what they have to offer this year: https://goo.gl/9NNpg3
Location: Place de la Bardonnie in Bergerac From sat 8th of dec to mon 24th of december 2018. Opening hours: every day from 9am to 7pm.
Location: Place de la Republique in Bergerac From sat 8th of dec 2018 to sund 6th of january 2019. Opening hours: every day from 10am to 7pm. Late nights ice rink opening hours: 14, 21 and 28/12 (open till 9pm). Price: 45 mins for 4€ for adult and 2,50€ for children under 12 (skates included).
This Easter Holiday, the Castle of Bridoire also named "The Castle of the Games" challenges you to go back in time to solve the mystery of The Hen and the Golden Eggs.
Legend says that the Lord of Bridoire had a beautiful hen which laid a golden egg every day. The last egg has been carefully hidden in the castle. Follow the clues and find the Golden Egg to win the quest!
1h30mins of fun for the whole family! So whether you are on a family outing or with friends, young or adult, the games are great fun for all!
For more infos: https://goo.gl/BSLSHv Open every day from the 3rd of April till 31st of May included from sat 21/10 to sund 5/11 from 2pm to 6pm Entrance fees: adult: 9€, teen&student (from 11-18yo): 7€, child (from 4 to 10yo): 6€ Ticket price included : Free access to all the games & visit of the chateau Location: Chateau de Bridoire, 24240 Ribagnac 30mins drive from L'Ancienne Ecole, our self catering holiday accomodation in Beaumont du Périgord 12km from Bergerac and 4km from Monbazillac
Burger King has just released a new version of its Whooper! Deliciously decandent, this is the real thing!!! Imagine…. a yummy chocolate cake bun with flame-grilled chocolate patty, drizzled with rasperry syrup and some white chocolate rings, candied blood oranges, milk chocolate leaves and the final touch…. and my personal favorite ….vanilla frosting!!!