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Scattergories : Country : Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Scattergories

Country : Nouvelle-Aquitaine

by Bert Schwarz

The Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in the southwest of France is characterised by an outstanding variety as a first choice holiday destination. Here you'll find wine, cheese, castles, gardens, rivers and the Atlantic Ocean with wide beaches for those who don't care about the sea.

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Story, Camera, Edit : Bert Schwarz

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Stories from Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Dordogne
Bergerac
In the city centre the walls are old and the people young.
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
This was Josephine Baker's home.
Gouffre de Proumeyssac
The stalactite cave of Proumeyssac is called crystal cathedral because of its huge underground vault.
Grotte de Tourtoirac
The Tourtoirac cave is also known as the geological pearl of the Périgord.
Hôtel de Dieu
in Hautefort houses a remarkable collection of medical equipment.
Musée National de Préhistoire
The museum houses exceptional collections of human history dating back over 400,000 years.
Périgueux
is situated on the banks of the Isle, where Gauls originally settled.
Sarlat-la-Canéda
is the cultural and culinary epicentre of the Dordogne.

Dordogne-Périgord

The historic county of Périgord and the barons Beynac, Biron, Bourdeilles and Mareuil correspond to the modern department of the Dordogne.

King Henri IV reattached the county to the royal house in the 16th century.

The Vézère and Dordogne rivers flow through the department which is now part of the Nouvelle Aquitaine region in south-west France.

The prefecture is Périgueux.

We are in the Périgord (a part of the New Aquitaine) again with our caravan. The wish was to have as centrally located a place as possible. The internet research led us to the 3***-star-place «Orpheo Negro».

Who is not with tent or camper on the way, its destination in the Internet before reservation should well regard and also by telephone after-hook. The density at camping sites is impressing. Everybody who has still a piece of land lying fallow has felt here, a camping site has opened. So we found with our Research on site of course also providers, whose places we found to be totally unreasonable and those who in our opinion were beautiful to Wow!.

Périgord © Bert Schwarz

The Region

Where does the Périgord actually lie, how do you get there and what makes the region so unique?

Entdecke das Périgord © Bert Schwarz

Discover

Caves, geese, village idyll: Rural picture-book France between Dordogne and Vézère.

Wine & Dine im Périgord © Bert Schwarz

Wine & Dine

The Périgord is famous for its geese, ducks and truffles. But here we found much more.

Leben im Périgord © Bert Schwarz

Live in Périgord

Hotel or campsite? Restaurant or self-catering?
These are our moments.

The four Périgords

The Dordogne stretches over the northeast of the Aquitaine Basin. The diversity of soils, vegetation and crops allowed the locals to divide their Périgord into four different areas.

The north of the department or «Périgord Vert», Green Périgord, looks like a huge chessboard of fields and meadows bordered by hedges and forests.

The central area around Périgueux is called «Périgord Blanc» - White Périgord because it consists of limestone which gives the soil a light colour.

The southwest around Bergerac is called «Périgord Pourpre» - Purpurnes Périgord - and is known for the vineyards that lie on the southern shores of the Dordogne.

And last but not least, the prestigious Périgord Noir lies around Sarlat la Canéda - Black Périgord. It got its name because of the dark green of the surrounding dense oak forests.

The Land of A Thousand Castles

Périgord is also known as the land of a thousand castles.

This was the core of the territorial conflict that took place between the French and the English in the Middle Ages, but which also had a religious background.

Countless fortifications or cities protected by city walls, fortified castles and villages were therefore built on the rocky hills with a good view over the rivers located below.

What else?

How You travel is a matter of taste. Very individual. Not really negotiable. And then it's the same every year: «Where we go?»

I won't go into the infinite possibilities here, you know them well enough yourself - at the latest when the offspring screams from behind from the corner (following an old commercial): «I want cows! »

To make a long story short: culture, movement, nature, ... Not to forget culinary delights become - already important, but nevertheless - accessories. The essential aspect is to get to know the country and its people. The easiest way to do this is with a caravan, because here I take care of myself, experience my own adventure unfiltered, directly and self-experienced.

At the end of a journey I can rightly say: «I know this area.» , and the people there.

I have also found in this region that which cannot be captured and framed either on screen or in photo and film files and can say: this part of France and its people I know.