After many years in the pipeline, this 32 million of euros project got the green light in early 2018 and work started shortly after.
But in december 2018, the State Council put it on hold ruling in favor of the wildlife and heritage organizations. More infos: read my article: here).
Yesterday 09/04/19, the Administrative Court of Bordeaux cancelled the authorisation to build the bypass. So from “suspended” the project got “cancelled” and demolition order was given (total cost: 15 million).
Despite losing, the Chairman of the Departmental Council of Dordogne, Germinal Peiro, does not seem to be defeated by this decision. He confirmed that he is going to appeal!
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….).
On Friday (https://goo.gl/LM3vDr), I posted 2 pictures and asked if you could guess why they were so similar. So did you guess???
The answer is: They are both similar because it's the same street and exact same location in Old Town Bergerac: Mourier St, no 2…. only 64 years separate them! In december 1957, this location was taking by the fishmonger Castang. In this black and white picture, he s showcasing oysters and geese for the ideal Christmas feast. And in the other, taken in 2018, the fishmonger has been replaced by the Desigual store.
First organized by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, more than 30 years ago, the European Heritage Days invite you to discover or rediscover french historic places without going broke. Here, in the Dordogne also called the "Valley of 1000 castles", you re spoilt for choice!
Founded in 1115, Cadouin Abbey became part of the pilgrim route to Compostella due to a piece of cloth said to be part of Christ's shroud. During this time, the village attracted personalities such as Eleanor of Aquitaine and Richard the Lionheart. Dated back from the 11th century from Egypt, the piece of cloth is beautifully preserved and still on display. Even though it was found not to be the real thing, Cadouin Abbey is still worth a visit! My favorite place has to be the Cloister: adjacent to the abbey, it has exquisite carvings around the arches .
Cadouin Abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located only 15mins drive from our rental in Beaumont du Perigord, don't miss it!