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On Being Splendid in the Perigord

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A September 2006 trip to Perigord by jaybroek

Sarlat Photo, Perigord, France More Photos
Quote: Life is enriched by having Splendid Friends. When they choose to marry somewhere Splendid and invite you along things get even better.

On Being Splendid in the Perigord

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Overview

Sarlat Photo, Perigord, France
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Some Splendid London friends of ours set their wedding date for a Saturday last September. Being as the Splendid Bride is one of the Blonde’s oldest friends, the nuptials looked set to throw a huge clanging spanner in our holiday plans with expensively rearranged flights and lost days looking highly likely. Then, in one of those twists of fate that make you listen out for a corny narrator, it turned out that the Splendid Couple had unknowingly, but quite splendidly, chosen to get wed in the Perigord, a few hours drive from where we would be holidaying in Languedoc Roussillon. The Perigord is an inland region of southwest France more commonly referred to as ‘The Dordogne’ although, strictly...Read More

Chateau Raysse

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Hotel | "Chateau Raysse - La Maison du Parc and le Pigeonnier"

Chateau Raysse Photo, Dordogne, France
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The Splendid Couple have so many Splendid friends that they needed a little more space than the Chateau Raysse alone could provide, even with the other two rental properties on the estate. Small hotels and bed-and-breakfasts in nearby Souillac enjoyed a little of the splendidness overspill although, luckily, our degree of ‘splendipity’ warranted a spot in the chateau’s converted stable block, La Maison du Parc.Afforded a degree of privacy by a high hedge and stone wall, La Maison du Parc is a wonderful holiday home in its own right. Sleeping 18 in eight bedrooms, La Maison has more of a rustic farmhouse feel than the chatea...Read More

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Chateau Raysse

Dordogne Valley, France
+33 (5) 53319710

Chateau Raysse

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Hotel | "Château Raysse - The Château"

Chateau Raysse Photo, Dordogne, France
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As holiday rental accommodation goes, Château Raysse sits at the rarefied, exclusive, end of the market. Constructed in the 12th and 17th centuries above the hamlet of Cazoulés, the ivy-clad main house and accompanying buildings had, when we visited in September 2006, been newly renovated to create a spectacular home-from-home for those to the manor born (or who wish it might have been so). Our Splendid Friends had booked the whole venue, consisting of the château proper, the converted stables and adjoining pigeon loft, for their wedding celebrations. We arrived a couple of days before the main event in a vain attempt to escape the atrocious we...Read More

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Chateau Raysse

Dordogne Valley, France
+33 (5) 53319710

Town of Rocamadour

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Attraction | "Rocamadour for Dodgy Knees and Those with Buggies"

Town of Rocamadour Photo, Gourdon, France
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By the morning of the wedding, the constant rain was getting to be something of an issue. Optimistic proclamations of perceived clear patches in the cloud were banned. New arrivals who pointed out that there was bright sunshine not five miles away were greeted with glares and seating plan reallocation. There was a degree of tension in the air, it has to be said. So I tucked the Tomato into the car and made a sharp exit.My motives for this excursion were many, varied and not without a tinge of selfish indulgence. Any attempt to parcel it up as a valiant act of parental sacrifice was quickly rebutted with little more than a raised eyebrow from the Blonde but she had to accept that a bored to...Read More

Town of Rocamadour
36 M. N-NE Of Cahors
Rocamadour, France

Wet Weather Fashion in Sarlat

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Story/Tip

Sarlat Photo, Perigord, France
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With the main focus of our stay in the Dordogne being Our Splendid Friends’ wedding, there was little time left over for discovering the delights of the region. On the Friday morning, however, there was a brief lull in the frenetic preparations and we prised ourselves away for a few ‘family’ hours in nearby Sarlat-la-Caneda.The Dordogne is rich in historic attractions, second only to Paris apparently, and Sarlat more than punches its weight in this esteemed company. The town is blessed with having the highest concentration of medieval and Renaissance facades in the country. In the early 1960s the then Culture Minister, Malraux, made it his personal mission to preserve then-obscure provinci...Read More

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jaybroek

jaybroek
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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