VESUNNA, Gallo-Roman Museum

Only about a ten minute walk from the centre of Perigueux is the most gorgeous Roman Villa. Encased in a glass structure you can see every detail of what is the remains of a truly outstanding Roman Villa.

The antique town of Perigueux was founded around 16 B.C, after the conquest of Gaul by Julius Caesar, the province of Aquitaine was established by Augustus, the first Roman Emperor. Originally called Vesunna, Perigueux became the capital of the Petrucores’ territory.

As with the rest of Gaul, prominent wealthy citizens, handled public matters. They personally financed the construction of monuments and owned the most beautiful villas.

After extensive digging in 1959, the ruins of a vast and richly decorated villa were uncovered. Occupied from the 1st to the 3rd Century, the layout is very typical of a large urban home.

A model of the villa at Vesunna.
 

A central garden surrounded by porticoes and colonnades.
The patio around the pond, was decorated with marine life in bright colours. There were also sculptures among the flowers which decorated the area.
 

The kitchens, reception rooms and bathrooms were heated by the hypocaust.
 

A copy of the wall frescoes which adorned the villa.
 

An example of one of the Gods, Diana. Wonderful detail.
 

Romans allowed conquered people to keep their own Gods as long as the Emperor’s Cult was practiced. This came a little fussy over time and often overlapped with the Roman Gods. A bit of both.

Symbolism was important to show the persons power and wealth.
 

Another example of the Gods. The detail is outstanding.
 

I was particularly interested in finding any signs of the slaves that kept the villa to a high stranded for such a long time. Everything of course was below ground, the kitchens, the heating and mostly with very little light in small hot and cramped conditions.

I did find evidence of two “below stairs” occupations…

… that of weaving, stone weaving weights and tools …
 

… and mending.

Gallo-Roman public figures had very good taste in clothing. The workmanship and detail of these buttons are outstanding.
 

VESUNNA, Gallo-Roman Museum, Perigueux
 
 

Va Va Voom.

For elegance, craftsmanship and sheer pleasure you can not beat a classic car. The purring of the engine and the smell of wood and leather all combine to the uniqueness of these cars.

As you can by now understand I love old cars, classic, veteran and vintage and to have a classic car show just across the road from your home, wow, it made my year.

They arrived in ones and twos, with only a few cars at first.

Then by late afternoon, oh my, what a wonderful display.
 

Magnificent Jaguar XK 140.
 

Extremely difficult to say which one was my favourite.
 

Citroen Traction Avanti
 

Gorgeous Singer made in 1950 and still a winner. For sale if you are interested. Oops sorry Elaine, it should read Singer Car but you are a gorgeous singer.
 

Just slightly bias, to me this was the best car of the Daglan Show, A Beetle Convertible.
 

An extremely well restored Triumph Spitfire 1500.
 

This stunning Mercedes SL280 also caught my eye.
 

“Come back next year guys”, I could have spent hours just looking at each individual car, just brilliant.
 
 
Events:-

Daglan 8 a Huit Supermarket is closed 23rd to 27 September inclusive

Castlenaud-la-Chapelle 21st and the 22nd September Heritage Day. Teaching warrior customs of the late Middle Ages. Open from 10.30 on the above dates.

Sarlat, Heritage Day 21st and 22nd September, the Salamander Challenge. Canoeing, hiking, orienteering and archery.