Easter Egg Treasure Hunt and Daglan Village

Children of all ages gathered at the local Primary School for the Easter Egg treasure hunt around Daglan village yesterday morning. Various eggs, candy and clues were hidden in and around the village but the one that the children wanted was the chocolate rabbit which found would lead to an Easter surprise.

On the hunt through and around the market.On the hunt through and around the market.
 

Hidden cluesOne clue was attached to the bush which was at the side of the supermarket. This is a smart little girl collecting all of the treats to share out later.
 

Eggs and candy's were hidden in and around our plants on the wall, but no rabbit! Eggs and candy’s were hidden in and around our plants on the wall, but no rabbit!
 

Daglan Village

Daglan MairieTaking a walk through the village this morning I could not resist taking another picture of our Mairie looking splendid in the morning sunshine.
 

Café de la Fleur Robin taking a well earned break on the balcony at Café de la Fleur.
 

flower pot men If anyone is in my age group you will remember Bill and Ben the flower pot men which was televised in the 1950’s and 1960’s in the UK.
 

the most gorgeous wisteriaThe wow factor, the most gorgeous wisteria I have ever seen is to be found next to Le Thé Vert in the village.
 

delicious chocolate cakeA special thank you to Chris and Virginie for this delicious chocolate cake. It is truly a chocoholics dream with every slice.

Happy Easter from Daglan
 

Easter Events:-

Sarlat and Marqueyssac are both holding Easter Treasure Hunts this weekend.
 
 

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Not so hidden gems of Sarlat and a few of Périgueux

Sarlat

We have been visiting Sarlat since 2009 so imagine my surprise when on our way back to the car a couple of weeks ago when I noticed for the first time the not so hidden gem at the tops of the street lamps. Beautifully ornate decoration around the top of the lamp with a crown of castles. It just shows that I need to look up more often than I do.
a crown of castlesThis particular lamp is to be seen just at the entrance to the car park.
 

O.K not really new to us, however a very unusual gem of a medieval property. I particularly love the quirkiness of the building in the centre of the picture.
cut to fit It looks like it has been cut in half to make it fit into the space available.
 

Chocolate gemsChocolate gems of chickens, fish, ducks and eggs to be found in the various Chocolatiers in Sarlat.
 

Wow, just look at the owlWow, just look at the owl.
 

Pâtisserie MassoulierThis was taken inside Pâtisserie Massoulier, rows and rows of treats for Easter.

Périgueux

Our first time exploring Périgueux resulted in me finding this fabulous Chocolatier in the Medieval district.

fabulous ChocolatierPaul says that I am like a homing pigeon for linen, lace and chocolate.
 

organ grinderAn organ grinder who looked like he had just stepped out of a Dickens novel, he had a great singing voice too.
 

The town of Périgueux has been in existence since Neolithic times, and later became an important Roman centre. Like so many villages and towns in France it suffered during the Middle Ages through the Hundred Years War. Therefore a great deal of construction was needed in the 16th and 18th C.
 

La cathédrale Saint FrontResulting in a very interesting Medieval and Renaissance centre with attractive boulevards and streets which line the area around the Cathédrale Saint Front.

We only had a short visit to Périgueux but we intend to go back in the near future to explore more of the area.
 
 

Event:-

A Children’s Easter Treasure Hunt in Daglan this Sunday 9th April, 10 o’clock until 12 o’clock. You will need a reservation for there are only thirty places but it is open to all. Children under ten years must be accompanied by an adult. Phone 06 42 98 22 26 for a reservation.
Children's Easter Treasure Hunt
 
 

Nearly Easter

The next two blogs will be on my favourite time of year…, Easter. As a confirmed chocoholic, being faced with the mastery of the chocolatiers in the Perigord is pure delight.

So first, the array of Easter delights at Maison Carré at Castlenaud-la-Chapelle.

As I entered the shop this morning my senses were hit with the outstanding display of chocolate creations which are produced by the Master Chocolatier.
 

 Easter themed cartoon charactersHere are just a few examples from the large selection on show.

There are Eggs from small to large and Easter bells, bunnies, and chickens, to pretty flowers and Easter themed cartoon characters, all displayed on the tables and cabinets throughout the shop.
 

too gorgeous to eatSome are just too gorgeous to eat, well nearly!
 

Service with a smileThey also sell the most delicious macarons and gâteaux, petit and grand, that you have ever tasted. Plus an assortment of fine French breads and pastries, which are always served to you with a smile.
 

The youngest member of the team. The youngest member of the team at Maison Carré. It is a delightful Boulangerie, Patisserie and Master Chocolatier in one shop.
 

Sunday breakfastPaul and I go most Sundays mornings to buy our breakfast treat of the week and to stock up with their delicious breads.
 

delicious french  breadWe have found that French bread will freeze well for short periods of time of up to a week if wrapped in cling film.
 

Next blog:- The Easter delights of Sarlat and Périgueux.

One of our dinosaurs is missing!

One of our dinosaurs is missing is what I was thinking when Paul and I went to Marqueyssac Gardens last week for their Grand 20th Anniversary open day. As garden ornaments go, having your own dinosaur is very OTT. Could we find a dinosaur… no… and we looked everywhere. I thought that it would be lurking behind one of the many high bushes in the garden, like the dinosaur that I remember in the Natural History Museum in London. I turned a corner in the museum to be face to face with a dinosaur. Lets just say that I was making more noise than the dinosaur exhibit.
 

The gardens are magnificentI must say that the gardens are magnificent, the views of the Dordogne valley are wonderful and well worth a visit or two.
 

rosemary in lavender.Above is a favourite on our walk through the gardens, the curling rosemary hedge in a bed of lavender.
 

Tree HouseThis is just one of the hands on displays that are new to Marqueyssac this year, the double tree house.
 

Play TimeAlong the “Esplanade” were new musical animations designed and constructed by Alfred de la Neuche for children of all ages to play with, (including myself).
 

Tree ClimbingWe were informed that we could have a go at shimmying up the ropes to the top of the tallest tree for a breath taking view over the valley, and even after reassurances that it was easy we said ‘no thank you, we will watch you’.
 

flowers and perfumeThis bicycle train looked like old style bird cages, they were full of flowers and perfume.
 

in the ChâteauI love this room in the Château from the wallpaper to the furniture gorgeous.
 

 peacockStill looking for “dino” we spotted this peacock, what magnificent plumage.

After looking everywhere Paul and I decided to ask in the gift shop. It turns out that we were too early for the unavailing of the dinosaur which would take place in the late afternoon.

An Allosaurus named KanThe above was as close as we came. No problem, we shall have another visit in a few months time to see a 7.5 metre long and 2.5 metres high, 150 million years old Allosaurus named Kan.
 

Other events at Marqueyssac will be the Great Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday and Monday, where eggs will be hidden around the gardens.

Curious about Nature? Arts and Crafts workshops, creating animal masks, mobiles and dolls. During Easter and All Saints Day, plus every weekend during the school holidays in the months of May and June.
 
 

Happy Easter (Joyeuses Pâques)

Easter is without doubt one of my favourite times of the year and with the holiday falling early this year, there is nothing stopping our plans for chocolate related indulgence.

For a couple of weeks now the Sarlat Master Choclatiers have been showcasing their immense talent with window displays to die for.

EasterBernard Decaix offers a mouth watering display of eggs, ducks, fish, rabbits and bells.

 

DSCN1188Mertz Roland Patisserie Chocolatier is amazing.

 

DSCN1190With large chocolate crackers, truffles, fish and eggs, rabbits in all sizes made with milk, white or dark chocolate or all three and eggs made with peanut brittle, it was so difficult to choose which ones we would buy.

 

DSCN1221But after a few “wow look at these” we were extremely restrained and decided on two Easter eggs and two bells. They all have chocolate or sweet surprises inside. The difficulty is waiting until Easter Sunday before we start to eat them.

 

Events:- Daglan

Another joy this Easter is the opening of Fabrice’s new restaurant in Daglan. Check out his website at Fabrice le chef for the menus, they look delicious.

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Le Thé Vert will be opening for the summer season on 30th April, however this Good Friday Le Thé Vert will be hosting a fish and chip night. You need to book in advance to eat in or take away. For more details visit the website at Le The Vert or phone (+33)5 53 30 47 94

Le Thé Vert

 

Event:- Sarlat.

Each year on the Monday directly following Easter the town hosts an egg hunt. Around the historical area of Sarlat, twenty council workers hide two thousand coloured eggs. Each area has different coloured eggs; blue, yellow, green, red and orange which will guide the children from one area to the next. Each child needs to find five eggs of different colours and then they can exchange these for chocolates. If they find a golden egg they will receive a gourmand Easter egg and free cinema tickets. Five of the golden eggs have a silver strip, if they are found they will have a chocolate surprise and a free ride in the Saint Marie Panoramic lift.

Sarlat Chocolate Festival

This was the first time that Sarlat have organised a Chocolate Festival, thanks to the Rotary Club and what a success it was. Masterpieces on the theme of Sarlat created by ten Master Chocolatiers were placed onto a long table for people to admire and to choose which they thought was the best one. Your name, and phone number is placed onto a small card with the number of your chosen masterpiece. The judges then pick the winner, then they pick out one of the cards with the winning number on it, I am keeping my fingers crossed because the winner takes home the chocolate masterpiece.
 
Chocolate Festival The Tourist Office next to the Chocolate exhibition, where there was a display of chocolates, moulds and cookery books.
 
DSCN1153Each Master Chocolatiers presented a piece of unique work of art just for the Festival. It was terribly difficult to pick just one, but I thought that the one on the left of the picture depicted Sarlat the best.
 
DSCN1155Paul picked the one on the right of the picture which is a pond with lilies, frogs etc all made from chocolate, gorgeous.
 
DSCN1156I also liked the one on the left, so you can see how difficult it was to choose.
 
DSCN1157The duck on top of the eggs brought laughter to everyone and how they got the duck to balance like that I do not know.

At the top of the staircase stands of treats welcomed everyone, where Master Chocolatiers from all over the Perigord gave away samples and sold smaller examples of the art of chocolate to take home. I adore chocolate so we had to walk around the stands quite a few times before I could pick what I wanted to take home.
 
DSCN1164This is just a small example of what you could buy.
 
DSCN1162So cute
 
DSCN1165“Minions” and Easter treats.
 
There were also workshops were you could learn how to make your own masterpiece, and a stand for crepes filled with, what else but, chocolate and other chocolate delicacies.

So in short well worth a visit and let’s hope that this is the first of an annual event in Sarlat.

Easter Treats

Just a few events that will be happening over the Easter period in the Perigord region of South West France.

 

Chateau de Castlenaud

A costumed guide demonstrates how to use the crossbows and explains the many encounters between the English and the French during the Hundred Years War.

 

Monpazier

Easter Egg Hunt with Easter festivities in the Place Centrale.

 

Bergerac

From the 7th April to the 30th April they will be having a funfair on the Place de La Republique.

 

Chateau de Hautefort

There is a Treasure Hunt on the 6th April, where children will be allowed to roam the Chateau and gardens in order to find a mystery word in connection with the history of Hautefort. There are also many chocolate surprises to win along the way.

 

A trip to France at Easter is a treat, just to look through the windows of the many chocolatiere’s that will be displaying their fabulous creations. This creation is one of my favourites, the cameo Easter eggs look too good to eat, well almost.

ladureeThis chocolatiere, Ladurée is to be found in Paris, where they sell delicious chocolate eggs and chocolate macaroons to die for.

laduree-easter-egg-1Here is another one of their creations, macaroons inside a dark and rich chocolate shell, awesome.