What could be better than hot chocolate for breakfast?

Hot chocolate and pain au raisin of course.

We often have breakfast at Pâtisserie Massoulier on our morning visits to Sarlat. It was so cold and foggy last Saturday that a hot chocolate drink was especially needed to warm us up a little, it was such a welcome treat before we set off to slowly roam around in the market.

Totally delicious.
 

We usually see Glinglin directing traffic around Sarlat centre.
 

Today however, he was directing people around the market with a traffic cone loud speaker. He is such a joy to see and so funny.
 

The covers were up on the market stalls to protect against the Autumn chill of the morning. Which thankfully did not last too long before the sun came out and reached a temperature of 22C.
 

I can never resist taking a picture of “Le Badaud” the relaxed onlooker gazing out across Sarlat Medieval Quarter. The sculpture by Gérard Auliac and can be seen looking out over the Place de la  Liberté.
 

Installation of Julien Lombardi at Sainte-Marie Fountain.
Paul saw an animal painting on the back wall but I saw a landscape scene! Whatever it is the light really helped to illuminate the painting.

Carried out within the framework of the Residences of Art, Sarlat – October 2017
This installation is based on an exploration scene of the Cuze underground canals passing under Sarlat.

JULIAN LOMBARDI
The Imaginary Museum
October 7 to November 19,2017
Hotel Plamon – rue des Consuls and Fontaine Sainte-Marie
SARLAT LA CANEDAEDA
Free entrance from Monday to Sunday from 10am to 7pm
Information
and group reservations
Heritage Service – City of Sarlat
05 53 29 82 98 / 05 53 29 86 68

 
 

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La Rue du temps qui passe…

Nouveau Perigord Noir.

Recently opened, a museum from the time period of 1860-1940. Originally it was a father and daughter who initiated the creation of a museum to showcase vintage cars. It has developed into streets lined with shops of every description as well as artisan workshops, a garage, a weaving mill and more from the above time period.

This is the start of the walk back in time.
 

At the end of the first street is this magnificent Rolland Pilain from 1924.
 

Wonder along the cobbled streets to peer through the windows where time has stood still.
 

Wow a Harley, Paul and I had to go back and have another look, still beautiful after 100 years.
 

Long ago people would push this cart around the streets shouting “Any knifes to sharpen.”
 

A boulangery.
 

The little post office
 

The cheese makers shop with all the equipment.
 

There are a many more shops than we have included above, visit time is recommended to be between one and one and a half hours, so well worth a visit or two. You can also buy a drink at the bar to enjoy in the little Parisian themed cafe.

The Museum has only been open for a couple of months and is to be found at Allas Les Mines just by the bridge that crosses the river Dordogne. The museum is open from April until November 10h-12h and 14h-18h except Wednesday and Thursday. During July and August opening is from 10h-18h, 7 days a week.

La Rue du temps qui passe…

If you are hungry, the Garbarrier is a rather nice restaurant with magnificent views overlooking the river Dordogne, it can be found across the car park from the museum.
 
 

Event:- Castlenaud October 28th and 29th from 10:00 until 16:00. A Medieval Garrison showing the deployment of men at arms, craftsmen, chamber maids and a demonstration of weapons and armour.

 
 

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.

 
 

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.

Le Croquant de Sarlat.

Le Croquant de Sarlat is a dry and crunchy, caramelised sugar ‘biscuit’ like treat, often made with almonds or walnuts. It is mainly made in the South West of France with each pâtisserie having their own, closely guarded variation on the recipe.

It was only a couple of months ago that Paul and I first saw these biscuits at Pâtisserie Massoulier in Sarlat so, feeling the need to assuage a sweet tooth we just had to try them.

Croquant is French for crisp or crunchy, the ‘biscuit’ is often named ‘crunchy Perigord’ and they are delicious.

 
The ‘biscuits’ may be large or small, plain or with nuts.

 
They are something like a brittle, hard and perfect to crumble over ice cream, layered into parfaits, or to eat as they are.

 
More tempting delights at Pâtisserie Massoulier.
33 Rue de la République, 24200 Sarlat-la-Canéda.
 
 
Event:-. The bunting and flags are flying, the Bumper Cars are all set up to go in La Place de La Liberty. Daglan Fête starts on Friday 18th August.