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Lush Limousin

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A July 1988 trip to Limousin by MichaelJM

A tour around Argentat Photo, Dordogne, France More Photos
Quote: Limousin is a great French district to explore and relax in. We spent a superb 3 weeks in this lush landscape.

Lush Limousin

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cascades de Gimel Photo, Dordogne, France
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Limousin is one of the lushest regions of France, carpeted with trees and watered by the mighty rivers of the Creuse, the Vienne, and the Dordogne. The Cascades de Gimel is a great place to visit on a hot summer’s day. The total "drop" of the waterfalls on this stretch of the Rivière La Montane is 470 feet, with the tallest drop of 197 feet. There is an admission fee to the Parc Vuillier, but it's well worth the fee to wander through the woodland and take in the three magnificent waterfalls. Although the walk is not strenuous, there are plenty of stairs to climb and descend, but the tantalising views of the fast flowing water and the echo around the gorge makes it worth the struggle. ...Read More

Tulle and its Environs

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Tulle Photo, Tulle, France
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We liked the market town of Tulle, which hugs closely to the banks of the River Correze. It nestles in and amongst seven hills, and its narrow old streets take you past some fine old houses, and eventually to the 12th-century Cathedral of Notre Dame. Although not the most stunning of cathedrals, it does have a great Benedictine cloister area and a superb chapter house adorned with 14th-century murals. There’s an interesting museum, eponymously named "Musée du Cloître," which houses a collection of local archaeology and the water colours of Gaston Vuillier, which tell the story of 19th-century sorcery in Limousin. You can drool over some great landscapes, fine furniture, and enjoy the workmanship of th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 22, 2006

Rocamadeur and Collonges-la-Rouge

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Collonges-la-Rouge  Photo,
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Rocamadeur is just one of those classic French towns that must be seen, but you need to be quick off the mark because the traffic can be horrendous, and I can assure you that sitting in a long queue quickly detracts from the pleasure of viewing the town. But as we approached the town we saw why this is a popular site. From our stationery car we had a spectacular view of the town as it clings perilously to the cliff face. The sombre-walled houses, with their stylish red roofs, seem to be welded to the cliff wall; and the town’s castle has the prime position at the summit, overseeing the dwellings below its natural walls. From here the view is stupendous, and there’s a commanding vision across the valle...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 22, 2006

Limoges, Uzerche and Naves

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Uzerche, France Photo,
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Limoges is the largest town in Limousin and is world renown for its high decorativeware. We have a natural aversion to large cities but felt we should at least have a cursory glance around the place. As we feared finding a parking place in the town was not easy, but having ascertained that the town was divided into the modern commercial centre and the old "Cite" we persevered. There are some delightful half-timbered houses overlooking narrow streets and a good variety of quality shops and we were surprised who gentle a pace we experienced in this part of the town. The spireless Gothic cathedral (the spire collapsed in the 1700s and was never replaced) dominates the town and this, together with the sur...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 23, 2006

A tour around Argentat

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A tour around Argentat Photo, Dordogne, France
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Is at the southern most tip of the Limousin region and the name meaning river crossing gives a major clue to how this important town is sited. On the banks of the Dordogne Argentat became an extremely important trading centre as barges trundled up and down this mighty river. Apparently barges transporting timber to the Bordeaux vineyards never made the return journey as it was seen more economical to off load the quality timber and then use the wood of the barge as heating material. Was this, in the days when labour was cheap, recycling at its best? Nowadays the river drifts at a leisurely pace and some of the houses with their foundations reaching below the riverbank, paint an idyllic pict...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 23, 2006

A tour around Argentat
Argentat
Limousin, France

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MichaelJM

MichaelJM
Nottingham, England