Investigating the narrow streets of Perigueux

As a tip, always head for the medieval quarter of Perigueux on route to the Cathedral of Saint-Front which acts as a striking focal point as you ramble through the narrow lanes; it has a very curious power of popping out at you whenever you think that you are lost. This happened to Paul and I a few weeks ago when we visited the former department capital. However, we did find a few very interesting small boutique shops.
 

A violin shop, the owner makes each instrument by hand, how amazing is that?

I am unsure if these are gnomes or trolls, but never mind they are very cute in the violin shop window.
 

The architecture is stunning in this area which is full of very tempting boutiques, filled with luxury foods, wine, chocolates, cafes and restaurants. Not forgetting the clothes shops of course. However, what we wanted to see was the Renascence architecture which can be found in any of small squares or narrow lanes.

Absolutely gorgeous entrance to the Maison Tenant.
 

Brief accounts of the history of many of the historical buildings in the city are to be found on plaques fixed at the front or side of the property. The above says, this dwelling consists of two habitable units, set at right angles to each other, with a turret at the second flour. Renaissance doorway with this inscription on the lintel: “Remember we all have to die one day. He who enjoys speaking ill of those who are absent, let him know that this house is forbidden to him. The greatest glory comes from displeasing the wicked. This house, built in 1518 with the blessing of the Almighty”.

The tympanum is emblazoned, framed with pilasters with a shell decoration mounted above.

In 1850 the house belonged to a pâté maker named Franconi and in 1897 to Pascal Tenant a friend of Catoire. (A Russian composer of French decent, have a listen to some of his music here, it is brilliant.)
 

Wednesday is market day, held near the Cathedral of Saint-Front. Paul and I had a treat of crêpes with Nutella sitting at an outside table enjoying the sunshine.
 

This stall was overflowing with different breads and cakes of the region.
 
 

Event:-24th September, Vintage car and motorcycles dating from pre 1980’s to be found in Marche Aux Noix Square Sarlat from 10:00 to 12:30.

 
 

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Scoop of the year

Winners of the Daglan Flower Competition 2017

Our intrepid roving reporters Sherry and Angus were there at the scene to record the event of the year. The prize giving ceremony for the winning entrants of the Daglan Flower Competition.

Our innovative Maire has changed the format of the annual competition to incorporate more categories than in previous years and instead of prizes of money vouchers and wine we now have delicious local wines and food hampers for category winners and champagne and wine awards for runners up. Also in previous years the prizes where handed out discreetly to the winners, but this year all of the winners and runners up were invited to a get together at the Marie’s Salle du Conseil for the presentations.

The meeting began with a picture show of the winning gardens and balconies showing the jury in their deliberations. Then our Maire, Mr Dussol gave a speech and afterwards he handed over to Mr Cabianca.

Here you see Mr Dussol (right) and Mr Cabianca ready to give out the prizes.

 


 


 


 


 

Here is a list of the winners and runners up in the various categories.

Maison Fleurie:-
1st Mr. et Mme Kroondge
2nd Mr Deslandes J. Pierre
3rd Mr Vernet J. Francois

Balcony Fleurie:-
1st Mr Van De Velde. Cornelus
2nd Mr. Salamitte Pierre

Jardin Fleuri:-
Mr. et Mme Herbault-Gruber.

Commerce Fleuri:-
1st Charlotte et Robin, Le Cafe De La Fleur
2nd Corinne et Thierry, Boulangerie Guichard

Prix Special du Jury
Mr. et Mme Sherry and Angus Cambell

Well done to everyone who took part and congratulations for the winners and runners up. I would like to add a special thanks to the Maire and Mairie for their superb work and to our brilliant reporters Sherry and Angus.

 
 

Up, Up and away…

…in my beautiful balloon.

Joseph-Michel Montgolfier was born in 1740 and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier was born in 1745, they were paper manufacturers from Annonay in the Ardèche region of France. Both were inventors in their own right but are mostly remembered for their joint collaborations in inventing piloted hot air balloons. They launched the first ascent in 1783 which covered 2km and lasted ten minutes at a maximum altitude of about 2,000m. Success followed success and the Montgolfier hot air balloons were, and still are, a prominent feature in the “skyscape” of France, especially in the Perigord Noir.

 
Down, down over the forest at Castlenaud.

 
Slowly the balloon descended towards the house!

 
Apparently just missing the roof.

 
A companion landing in the field in front of the house and close to the road.

 
These pictures were taken a few weeks ago on our way to Sarlat early one morning. “Champagne breakfast over the forest anyone”?

 
They floated right over our heads and you could see the people inside the baskets. What a superb view they must have, not of us but of the Château’s, the Dordogne River and the surrounding forests and countryside, sight seeing at its best.

 
 
Event – Brocante at La Rock de la Gageac, 3rd September

 
 

A drone at breakfast!

Most Sunday mornings Paul and I drive to Castelnaud for a picnic breakfast of naughty but nice pastries enjoyed by the river Dordogne but this Sunday was special we had a drone for company.

We picked our picnic spot with a gorgeous view of the early morning mist over the water.

We had just sat down to eat when a man on the next picnic table to Paul and I began assembling a drone.
Here it is all ready to take off.

For those of you who are interested, it looked like a DJ1 Phantom 4 advanced Quadcopter which has a 20 megapixel camera capturing high definition 4K video at 60fps. The drone has a maximum control range of 7km.

Gaining altitude and speed rapidly, it flow over the Dordogne River, pausing to hover now and again in order to take aerial pictures.

After the wow factor of the drone, we returned to the picnic and relaxing by waters of the tranquil river.

 
 

“Is this song from the Sound of Music Mummy”?

This is what I overheard from a little girl on the next table to us while we were having lunch at Café De La Fleur yesterday. I wasn’t listening in but it was so easily heard and so funny. The song was Edith Piaf, singing Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (No Regrets). When her mother told her that it wasn’t from the Sound of Music the girl went on to ask if the song was from the Madagascar film, “it sounds Russian to me”, she said. When her mother said no that it was a French song the little girl said “Oh I had better be quiet”, and Mummy said, “Yes do”.

Café de la Fleur, I love the bar outside for the Summer drinkers to enjoy in the sun.

 
On Paul’s second Birthday we had a meal at Cafe De La Fleur, his real Birthday was the day before. So sad they had run out of fish so there was no fish and chips to enjoy, but he loved the succulent steak and the mountain of chips. Shock of all shocks, he could not finish it all.

 
The owners of Café de La Fleur are looking for new owners to adopt two most adorable kittens.

This one just needs a little bit more practice with the magic trick of pulling the table cloth from the table.

Good news from Charlotte (who runs the Café with her husband Robin), they are thinking about having their own float for next years Fête and having a band playing at the Café one night over the Fête weekend, brilliant we will be there.

Stand by… Water, Foam, Smoke, Music… “Take Two”… Action.

Daglan Fête de la Saint-Louis – Sunday Evening.

What a transformation from a quiet village to the party capital of the Perigord. Every culture, every nationality, everyone, having a good time on the bumper cars, singing and dancing in the streets and enjoying the party.

The bumper car ride was packed from two in the afternoon until two in the morning.

 
There were two bands, Sax Banda and Bandazik, playing in the main Rue de la Napoleon in front of Le Petit Paris Restaurant.

 
Well hello sailor, Judith having a great time in the foam with a few pirates.

 
Darth Vader and one of the storm troopers are hidden underneath all of the foam. Members of the rugby club and other revellers dancing on an impromptu mobile dance floor while throwing foam onto the spectators.

 
You do not often get the opportunity to take a picture of a Star Wars storm trooper and a pirate ship together on the main road through planet Daglan!

 
Approaching Pirate Ship floating through a sea of foam.

 
At twenty past eleven everyone started to walk towards the bridge to watch the hillside come alive with a stunning firework display.

 
Wow, a brilliant Fête, well done to everyone for the organisation, planning, costumes, entertainment etc.
It truly was an amazing weekend.

 
 
Event:- St Cyprian Brocante this Saturday and Sunday.

Les Montgolfiades-Rocamadour 23rd and 24th September is the Annual two day hot air balloon festival with participants from all over Europe.

 
 

Stand by… Water, Foam, Smoke, Music… “Take One”… Action.

Daglan Fête de la Saint-Louis – Cinema Themed Parade.

Wow people certainly know how to party until the early hours of the morning in the village of Daglan. With four days of entertainment including festive meals, pétanque competitions, concerts, a parade, fireworks, and a bal musette.

The highlight for me is the parade on Sunday afternoon. Every year the parade takes on a different theme, this year it was ‘The Cinema’.

The amount of preparation and skill that goes into transforming farm tractors, trailers, old cars and even a 2 speed (stop and go fast) quad bike into flying saucers, space ships, French resistance hideaways, or pirate ships is just brilliant. The Costumes were truly amazing, Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars being my favourites.

Here are just a few of the pictures that we took yesterday so that you can get a feel of the party and celebrations.

French Resistance armed with water pistols and water bombs. Needless to say Paul and I got totally soaked.

Here you can see our intrepid cameraman Paul being shot with a stream of water.

 
The Daglan Rugby Club always know how to get the party going.

Here are a few of the guys wearing dresses.

The shouts of joy from the children could be heard over the music as they ran and played in the foam.

 
Ahoy, a pirate ship approaches with Jack Sparrow (Pascal Dussol our Maire) at the helm.

 
Brilliant, cheers guys.

 
Who you gonna call? The Ghost Busters are here.

 
In a galaxy far far away is the planet Daglan, brilliant, amazing. Yes, I am a big Star Wars fan.

 
Wow, wow and wow again.

Pictures of the evening fun will be in “take two”.

Today is the last day of the Fête de la Saint-Louis so if you are in the area come and join the party, the Bal Musette begins at 21:00 tonight.