Medieval Perigueux.

Our second visit to Perigueux and it did not disappoint one bit. Once again we headed for the medieval quarter with its fascinating tower and magnificent Cathedral.

First we saw the “Mataguerre Tower”, which is the last fortified tower from the Medieval period still in existence.

From the 12th Century onwards a ring of twenty eight fortified towers with twelve gates enclosed the Cathedral of Saint Front.

The name “Mataguerre”derives from the Occitan language, “matar” to hold at bay, and “guerra”; war.
 

The tower walls are pierced by cruciform arrow-slits and cannon ports.
 

We always need to find an hidden gem or two and this is the first we spotted.

The tower at the side of a boutique is to be found across the square from the Cathedral. What interested me was a carved man at the front of the tower, he looked like a medieval worker relaxing for a few minutes.
 

Second hidden gem is to be found a little down the Rue Du Calvaire off the square/car park outside the Cathedral. This original and interesting door and windows fascinated me.
 

The massive Cathedral Saint Front was the fourth church to be built on this hill over the River Isle. First in the 6th C which was replaced in 1074 with a much larger church that housed some religious relics. However, this was burned down and another church took shape using Greek architects who designed these magnificent domes which look Byzantine.

The model for the Cathedral St-Front was Agil Apostoli in Constantinople (now gone), the same was used for another famous church: St Mark’s in Venice.
 

The bells of St Front (1847) are famous through out Europe due to the fact that they are made up of seven peals of bells and ten fixed bells. Quite loud but sounds amazing.
 

Paul Abadie spent fifty years renovating the Cathedral from 1852 onwards, it is breathtaking from all sides. He liked his work so much, especially the pinnacles, that he built cones onto the domes of his most famous creation, Sacre-Coeur in Paris.
 

Once inside the first impression is wow, it is so big, about one and a half times as long as a football pitch. With its minimal decoration it looks like a magnificent mosque.

Abadie also designed the chandeliers, which originally hung in Notre-Dame in Paris, made for the wedding of Napoleon III in 1853.
 

 

Events:-

Sarlat, Brocante, 27th May, Lycee pre de Cordy.
Daglan, Brocante, 4th June at the Salle des Fêtes.

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We drove through Birkenhead tunnel!

I have just returned from a visit to our son who lives in Liverpool, so this post is not about France but still, Liverpool is awesome. It’s one of my favourite cites to visit, it has such a wealth of history, culture and amazing shops.
 
The barge at the front of this picture was called ‘Imagine’ in memory of the wonderful and thought provoking song by John Lennon. Imagine The large Swan boats are towards the rear of the picture, I would love to have a ride in one of those.
 

Pirate ShipA pirate Ship was in dock on this very warm and sunny morning.
 

A New HopeThis band was brilliant they played the Original Cantina Music-A New Hope, which was in the first Star Wars film. You know the scene when Hans Solo is introduced (who could forget) as he gets into a shoot out with Greedo.
 

Sefton ParkSefton Park in bloom, looking gorgeous in the Oriental part of the grounds.
 

Ducks in the lakeDucks and other birds near and on the lake.

We drove through Birkenhead tunnel, under the river Mersey, twice, it was amazing I wanted to shout out just like the ‘Virgin Broadband advert’, but I kept almost quiet, although Adam had to listen to me repeating “this is amazing” about fifty times. I will grow up one day… well may be not.
 

 

The Green Finger of Knowledge.

Last Sunday morning we needed to replace a few of our plants because our kitten Cleo had sat on them a few days earlier. Being squashed to pieces did not do them any good at all. Usually we get our plants from Sandrine at Daglan Sunday market but she was not there.

Sandrine is truly a marvel with information on plants, tell her what type of plant you are looking for and she will advise on colour, flowering period and instructions on where and how to plant them. If you plant them in an unsuitable place she will wag her finger at you advising you to move the plant.

This she did a few weeks ago when we bought plants from her. She ran across the main road pointed to the plant we had just bought and said ‘non’ and them spread her arms on the wall to show that it should be planted against a wall with a trellis. Yes, we moved the plant! Well she is the expert and we are only the learners of what will grow and where in our village so any help is always appreciated.

Back to the story, Sandrine was not at Daglan market but we’d seen posters that Cénac et Saint Julien was holding a flower festival so off we went. We found the main road in Cénac was closed to traffic to be used for their Flower Festival.

I am on the right buying basil from one of the many stalls.
 

I was so tempted by these gorgeous roses, the colours, the aroma, wow, but space being at a premium, practicality won.
 

We did buy flowers to replace the squashed ones from the stall above.
 

We found Sandrine with her magnificent display.
Just a few of the large selection on offer from the expert gardener.
 

I think that we need more help from her in order to achieve the above.
 
 

Event:- France Election this Sunday for the second and final round of votes for the two remaining candidates. Keeping fingers crossed all day!