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Live in Périgord

Live in Périgord

by Bert Schwarz

We visited the Périgord in the year before the outbreak of the Covid 19 pandemic and in late summer 2020, where the virus continued to spread in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, but did not really reach the Dordogne departement yet.

We're on the road with our caravan trailer and have chosen a campsite on the banks of the Vézère river, in the middle of a region which, as we learn, has been inhabited and fought over for several hundred thousand years.

Before I write about our visits, I first summarize here basic information that can be found scattered around the Internet.

Live in Dordogne-Périgord

Story, Camera, Editor : Bert Schwarz

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In the city center the walls are old and the people young.
Château de Beynac
Discover history in one of the most authentic medieval fortresses.
Château de Castelnaud
The oldest documents mention the castle in the 13th century, where it played a role in the Albigensian crusade.
Château des Milandes
Home of Josephine Baker.
Top wine from Périgord Purpre.
Domain de Barbe
Fois Gras, a regional specialty known beyond the borders.
Gouffre de Proumeyssac
The cave is called Crystal Cathedral because of its huge underground vault.
Grotte de Tourtoirac
The Tourtoirac cave is also called the geological pearl of the Périgord.
Hôtel de Dieu
in Hautefort contains a remarkable collection of medical equipment.
La ferme de la Brunie
is a farm where modern technology is used for the welfare of the animals.
La Gare - Espace Robert Doisneau
presents an outstanding collection of the photographic art of Robert Doisneau.
La Roque de St. Christophe
A limestone rock inhabited for 55,000 years.
Lascaux II
Palaeolithic cave paintings: Works by unknown artists who worked here up to 20,000 years ago.
Musée National de Préhistoire
The museum is home to exceptional collections of human history dating back over 400,000 years.
is located on the banks of the Isle river, where originally Gauls had settled.
is the cultural and culinary epicenter of the Dordogne.
Vélorail du Périgord Vert
is like riding a pedalo - but on tracks.

The Département of Dordogne-Périgord is part of the region of Nouvelle Aquitaine, which in turn covers the southwest of France.

From Frankfurt/Main it is about 1,100 km via German and French freeways. The north-easterly route via Saarland and Luxembourg is about 100 km longer.

The Périgord itself is again divided into four regions, the green, white, black and purple Périgord. It covers the wide area south of Limoges and the valleys of the Vézère, Dordogne, Isle and Dronne The central part around Périgueux and the river Isle is the Périgord Blanc. The name comes from the color of its limestone rocks and bright grain fields. The crescent-shaped area around Sarlat-la-Canéda is the Périgord Noir because of its dark, evergreen Holm oak forests or maybe because of the truffles? The marketing specialists from the tourism industry then added two more Périgords: the because of its green, hilly alluvial plains, the so-called Périgord Vert in the north, and the Périgord Pourpre in the southwest around Bergerac, which is known for its vineyards.

In the Dordogne you can experience a lot in a relatively short time.

We pitched our tent ... uh... caravan in Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère. There is a campground, which is paradise not only for families but is also called so. For us this was the ideal base to explore our planned - and unplanned places.

To us, living as a guest in the Dordogne means talking to the locals and visiting the local sights.

So there is much to discover, more than it's possible during a single vacation is.