Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink.

–Samuel Taylor Coleridge
 

We two have paddled in the stream, from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared since days of long ago.

–Robert Burns.
 

Parking Reserved card holders and Residents was an odd sight on a sign in what is left of a camp site in Beynac yesterday.
 

The swelling of the Dordogne River was at its peak yesterday morning.
 

The trees on the left should be on dry land.
 

The terrace of this restaurant was under more than a metre of water.
 

D53 Route Barrie to Fayrac and Milandes and also the D703 to La Roque-Gageac.
 

Update on the water level at Castlenaud.
 

The statue stands in what is usually a very pleasant picnic area which is temporarily a tranquil lake.
 

It does not look too good at the moment with more rain due this afternoon and for the rest of the week. However, spring is just around the corner, we have new growth in our courtyard and flowers will be bursting through soon.
 
 

Event:- Burns Night- 25th January, where haggis is eaten and whiskey is drunk to honour a brilliant Scottish poet.
 
 

French Property News magazine.

Black Diamond.

Towards the end of last year I was asked by the editor of French Property News Magazine to write an article for them about how we found our home, the buying process, the renovation work, Daglan village and the surrounding area. At first nerves took hold and I thought no, then on reading past blogs and our experiences, who could forget the arsenic paint on our toilet door, or the shower that kept me practising Yoga every time that I used it!, I thought yes I can write the article.

The editor loved the article and our pictures and it was published in the March issue of French Property News magazine and now the April issue has been published I can show my article in our blog for you to read. I hope that you like it.

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Picnic at Beynac

These pictures are for Mike and Bonnie who sent Paul and I photographs of their stay in the Perigord. The photographs look great, and thanks again. I was very pleased to hear that you like our “blog” and that it was helpful to you both in finding different places of interest. You must come and visit Paul and I after our move to France.

This is one of our favourite places for a picnic and we finally got to use our new picnic blanket. If you remember on a previous “blog”, we did try to have a picnic when we went to see the Tour de France but we had to eat in the car due to the raging storm outside. This time we were lucky, a gorgeous sunny day with not a cloud in the sky, perfect. Only one bit of embarrassment, when Paul and I were eating our lunch, a tourist boat came by very slowly and the people on the boat started to take pictures of us. So if anyone has a copy of the pictures, I am the very red faced person sitting on the stone bench.

Paul relaxing and watching the Dordogne flow by.

Paul relaxing and watching the Dordogne flow by.

I think this picture says it all

relax, chill out and enjoy the canoeists slowly going by.

Relax, chill out and enjoy the canoeists slowly going by.

The water is so clear you can see the fish.

The water is so clear you can see the fish.

The last picture shows the changing of the seasons from Summer to Autumn, with the lovely vibrant reds of the leaves just emerging on the trees.

Autumn leaves

Autumn leaves

Hidden gems of Beynac

You will remember our blog posted on April 27, 2013 which featured the gorgeous castle of Beynac towering above the village of Beynac-et-Cazenac. Well here are a few of the village of Beynac-et-Cazenac’s hidden gems. You need to walk up the fairly steep road between the gorgeous houses as seen bottom centre in the photograph below and shown in the film ‘Chocolate’.

The majestic Beynac castle

The majestic Beynac castle towering above the rocks, with the village of Beynac-et-Cazenac below.

On your walk up the steep road you may need to stop and take in the magnificent and breathtaking views of the River Dordogne and surrounding countryside.

Road with a vew

Road with a vew

This was interesting, we stopped to look into a small medieval courtyard and found, what I can only describe as a display of a replica Bayeux Tapestry along the wall.

Tapestry

Bayeux Tapestry ?

This medieval stone staircase was on the right of the same courtyard

courtyard

The medieval staircase

You will arrive at a junction, up to the castle, down to the village centre. We have walked up to the castle twice before and I can tell you that it is not for the faint hearted, it is very steep. This time our choice was to go down to the restaurants, shops and the river with the ‘gabarres de Beynac’ (replica river barges) at the village centre. You will pass this very unusual house close to a junction.

very unusual house

A very unusual house

The medieval village of Beynac is well worth a visit. You will pass this pretty well on the way down to the village.

A well as a display feature

A well as a display feature

This fascinating water fountain is to be found outside the pharmacy in the village

This font is outside the pharmacy

This font is outside the pharmacy

Beynac

One of the most wonderful things about going to our home in France is to see the magical Chateau de Beynac. You drive along side of the Dordogne river round a bend in the road and there it is. Every time I experience this I get the Wow factor, your eyes start at the village at the bottom with its shops and restaurants, and then you are drawn upwards towards the Chateau perched high on the rocks. It is indeed like going back in time to the period of knights and chivalry. But I am an old romantic.

Beynac

The view from one of our favourite picnic spots

A little bit of history for you now. In the middle ages, Beynac was the seat of one of four baronies in the Perigord. With its narrow medieval streets and Chateau overlooking the river Dordogne the village has lived through many wars and was captured only twice, by Richard Coeur de Lion ( Richard the Lion Heart) and Simon De Montfort.

The Chateau has been used as a set for many films, and the village is equally camera-friendly with its paved streets and steps. There is a path up to the Chateau from the village which is worth the climb to see the views. But there is also a very handy road that takes you up to the Chateau.

Beynac

The 15th, 16th and 17th-century houses, shops and restaurants.
The road going upwards was used in the film Chocolate.

Beynac

Another fabulous view of Beynac, you can just see the troglodyte caves in the rock underneath the Chateau.

The 13th century chapel

The 13th century chapel

Beynac

Gorgeous views from the ramparts

A very large kitchen, you can just see the slope on the right that was used by the knights when they were on horseback. It gives a new meaning to the word, fast food.

The Kitchen at Château de Beynac

The Kitchen at Château de Beynac

The winding river Dordogne

The winding river Dordogne seen from the ramparts at Château de Beynac

The “showboats” are replicas of the flat-bottom boats that sailed along the ‘rivere esperance’ (river of hope), in the 19th century. They float 150 meters by the cliffs and down the river, taking in five of the areas Chateaus (Beynac, Castlenaud, Fayrac, Marqueyssac and Lacoste)

a cruise from Beynac.

One of the flat bottom barges on a cruise from Beynac.