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.
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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.