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
 
 

The Night Watchman

A new masterpiece by Lou. Dussol is to be found in Daglan at the entrance to the gites just before you turn left into the village. So if you are driving from Castelenaud keep a look out for the statue of the watchman holding his lantern as you enter Daglan, it is superb.

His statues are amazing when you think that they are created from dead trees, using a chainsaw, axe and carving tools. By looking at a piece of wood, its form, contours and changing colours he can envisage the sculpture within.

The Night Watchman, waiting to guide people to their gites.
 

You can also find his work in the school playground, in front of the library, in the small vineyard in the square at the southern entrance to the village and in the village centre.
 

An Update On Fluffy.

He is very well, looking much thinner after his ordeal but improving each day that passes.


 
 

News :

The 8 à Huit in Daglan will be closed from 6th to 8th May, reopening 9th
 
 

Events :


 
 

Terre Sauvage.

Unfortunately Christine cannot write a blog this week due to swelling around her eyes so this one comes from Paul. Chris has seen two doctors and had x-rays to eliminate alleges and sinus problems, she will be seeing an eye specialist next week. So we are keeping fingers crossed that normal service can be will soon be resumed and all will be well before the Daglan Spring Flower Festival and Sarlat Chocolate Festival in 2 weeks time.

Yesterday we popped into Belves, on our return we stopped for a few moments to admire the amazing sculptures at Terre Sauvage in Vaurez.

Their recycled creations are made entirely by hand from recycled metal drums, car body and refrigerator panels.

Elephants, giraffes, rhinos, boar, horses, birds and more can be found in the garden of Laurent Picherit. Here are a few examples of his wonderful work.

A Stag
 

A Peacock
 

The menagerie including a galloping turkey and a prancing horse.
 
 

News

The 8 à Huit in Daglan will be closed 9th and 10th March
 

Events


 
 

The Grand Opening of the Expo Art Plastique in Daglan.

What a joy it was to be invited to the Grand Opening of the Art Exhibition in Daglan last Saturday. Which will run from 11am to 6pm very day until 8th July at the Salle des Fêtes.

Paul and I love art and it was a great pleasure to take our friend Michelle (who is staying with us for a holiday) along to see the local works of art on display.

First the speeches welcoming everyone to the art exhibition.

Here are just a few of the works on display to temp you to come along and see for yourself and maybe to buy one or two.
This one is the most expensive at 4000 €, but you can buy art work from as little as one or two hundred euros.
 

Here are just a selection.


 

Very tempted with the two paintings above.
 

You can just imagine Audrey Hepburn in the above picture.
 

Not only paintings but some gorgeous sculptures too.
 

This one had to be my favourite. Just look at that face.
 
 

Nouveau Sculpture Extraordinaire

As you enter Daglan village from the South or by way of the bridge over the River Céou look to your left as you pass the vines and you will see the latest sculpture by M. Lau. Dussol.

A superb work, on one side of the tree is carved an elderly man with his dog collecting truffles
 

The other side depicts a lady in traditional dress carrying her basket.
 

Other works by the same artist are sited in front of the library …

… and in the school play ground.
The Maire M. Pascal Dussol and myself by the beautiful totem pole.