Bergerac

The capital of Purple Perigord

Good news, our flight timetable has altered, no more getting up before dawn in order to reach the airport in Liverpool or Bergerac. We now have plenty of time on our return to take in the magnificent scenery along the leisurely drive from Daglan and make stop overs in Bergerac for lunch as an added extra bonus.

Cyrano the poetic cavalier with the big nose. Cyrano de bergerac

During our last visit there was a Jazz Festival in Bergerac, with musicians attending from all over the world for evening performances. Some enterprising groups took to the streets to entertain the shoppers.musiciansThese two gentleman above were entertaining the lunchtime crowds. We had just finished our lunch when we spotted a young boy running up to the musicians and asking them if they would play, “You’re simply the best”, for his mother. Which they played impromptu, to the applause and spontaneous singing from the crowd.

It is market day in Bergerac every Saturday morning, and what a market it is, the largest market in the area, taking hours to go round, with everything you could possible want to buy. market day

Medieval, half-timbered houses line the streets in the old quarter.half timbered houses

Bergerac is famous of course for its wine, but also for its National Institute du Tabac and its museum of tabac. Tobacco was first popularised in France by Catherine Medici who used it to cure her migraines!
National Institute du Tabac

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4 thoughts on “Bergerac

  1. Hi
    Next time you’re in Bergerac try lunch at le table du marche (great restaurant opposite the covered market) followed by a boat trip on the river. Very pleasant way to spend an afternoon prior to a flight back to the UK
    rgds
    Paul

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