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Old Posted Jan 20, 2008, 5:40 PM
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Périgord, France : Middle Ages small old towns & castles

Last June, I took a few days off to visit the Périgord Noir, in the center of France. This area is known for its culinary tradition and gourmet food as Foie gras, truffle (mushrom) as well as its Middle Ages castles and small towns or villages. It was quite impressive, thinking that people live in this kind of very old house, if there was no cars to remind us that we are still in 21st century, sometimes the scenery let us think we're back to the crusades and wars of religions times.
Here's the link to a Google Earth klm file to know exactly where in France are the Périgord and the small towns visited, unfortunately there's no high resolution for this area:
http://www.neufgiga.com/index.php?m=...74793611d71af3
and here a website with English language available which describe a little more this French region: http://www.arachnis.asso.fr/Dordogne/guide1.htm
I hope you will enjoy my photos and even if I do not want to live there, these places really worth to be seen and visited.

1) Biron (141 inhabitants) and its castle



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9)Belves (1520 inhabitants)



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12) "Market Plaza"



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15) Beynac (510 inhabitants) and its castle



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22) Sarlat (10400 inhabitants big city for the area)



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30) View on Beynac Castle



31) La Roque-Gageac (460 inhabitants)



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33) The Dordogne river and La Roque-Gageac in the background (the small boat is for tourist cruise : viewing the castles around from the river)



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35) Castelnaud (430 inhabitants) and its castle



36) View from the castle



37) Catapults (to defend the castle from the assault of tourists!! )



38) The castle of Fayrac: a Texan who seems to enjoy the place bought and live in this castle



39) View from the castle on Roque-Gageac



40) Milandes Castle the last home of Josephine Baker (http://www.milandes.com)



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In Middle Ages time, torture is very often used whatever the case and usually to make people admit what the inquisitors want to heard, so in most of this castle, there was torture rooms, here is a soft (don't worry) and short video of one of them:

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I hope you enjoy this thread

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Old Posted Jan 20, 2008, 5:48 PM
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Great thread !
I'm ashamed of being unaware of such marvels in my own country.
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I love those little streets. Thanks for the photos.
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beautiful. straight out of a fairy tale. thanks for sharing.
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C'est vraiment quelque chose qu'on a pas ici en Amerique! Incroyable!
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now that was lovely....
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Such beautiful towns. But the smaller ones with hardly any people are creepy...
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Such beautiful towns. But the smaller ones with hardly any people are creepy...
Sorry... lack of vocabulary, but what does it mean "creepy"?
If it means empty it's because I went there during off season period, and it was out of the "tourist big way traffic", even if people live there,
or if it means scary, yes I think so too, for sure at night, it could probably be used as a set for a Jack the ripper's movie!

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Ethereal outgrowths of urbanity that are the palimpsest of an age of architectural magnificence and human scale. Beautiful.


And Ms. Baker's castle is extraordinary.
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Very nice. Fine examples of classic French architecture. Looks like something straight out of a movie.
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À quand un thread sur Saint-Étienne? Cette ville industrielle m'a toujours intrigué, d'autant plus qu'un de mes groupes de musique favori vient de la (mickey3d)...
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I remember being there as a kid, and it was the highlight of my French trips : so romanesque, so many castles, caves, untouched medieval villages, and the setting... with these golden cliffs, dark forests and curving rivers. the Dordogne is knowned as the most beautiful river in France. and the food!! I am still fascinated by Périgord. thanks for the pics.

the best view of the area was from the little town of Domme.


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“Actually it must have been a paradise for many thousands of years. I believe it must have been so for the Cro-Magnon man, despite the fossilized evidences of the great caves which point to a condition of life rather bewildering and terrifying. I believe that the Cro-Magnon man settled here because he was extremely intelligent and had a highly developed sense of beauty. I believe that in him the religious sense was already highly developed and that it flourished here even if he lived like an animal in the depths of the caves. I believe that this great peaceful region of France will always be a sacred spot for man and that when the cities have killed off the poets this will be the refuge and the cradle of the poets to come. I repeat, it was most important for me to have seen the Dordogne: it gives me hope for the future of the race, for the future of the earth itself. France may one day exist no more, but the Dordogne will live on just as dreams live on and nourish the souls of men.”

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À quand un thread sur Saint-Étienne? Cette ville industrielle m'a toujours intrigué, d'autant plus qu'un de mes groupes de musique favori vient de la (mickey3d)...
J'avais plus ou moins prévu avec cependant un doute concernant l'intérêt que cela pouvait avoir pour un forum principalement Nord Américain mais comme je vois que ça à l'air de t'intéresser je vais m'y mettre, sachant qu'il ne va pas falloir être pressé dans la mesure où je n'ai absolument aucune photo en stock, mais habitant l'hyper centre ville, cela devrait être facile d'y remedier. (c'est toujours la ville où on habite qu'on connaît et apprécie finalement le moins)
Y a-t-il des choses que tu souhaiterais voir plus particulièrement, sachant que le côté industriel de la ville a plus ou moins disparu ?
Dans le cas contraire j'essaierai de faire un thread qui résume le mieux possible tous les visages de la ville.
Merci pour ton commentaire

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I had planned to post a thread on my home town St Etienne, however, I had little doubt about the interest for a mainly North American forum. As you are interested I'll post one, you'll have to wait because I have no picture in stock, but as I live downtown it should be easy... (It's always the city you live in, the least known and appreciated)
Is there something you would like to see more specifically, knowing that the industrial side of the city has more or less disappeared?
Otherwise I will try to make a thread which summarizes the best possible all faces of the city.
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Wow.. it's awesome that these places are still so secluded.

Great tour.
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pics 13 and 14 are not Monpazier?
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pics 13 and 14 are not Monpazier?
Unbelievable!!
I didn't write the name because I didn't want to post only 2 pics for this town (the few more I took are not very good),
What was the chance that someone from North America recognize this 3 pics!

#12 is Cadouin and these too:

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You have probably spent a lot of time there to be able to recognize Monpazier from all others, moreover you were kid...

I have some other shots like the one you posted but it will be for tomorrow because it's late in France so I'm going to bed.

Thanks for these good comments.

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Sandy -- these are fabulous. Thank you!
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