So we went and did it and left Paris to explore the South of France, The Dordogne to be exact. It is a travel guide but a small one as we only spent a long weekend in the region so barely tipped the iceberg of what this wonderful area has to offer. Believe me when I say what we saw has made us want to go back for a second visit.
Despite being a whistle stop tour we managed to explore 3 small towns. Lanouaille, Perigueux and Boulazac. The region is located between the Loire valley and the Pyrenees.
So here are a few things that the Dordogne is famous for; food, beautiful historic villages and ex pats. It is not hard to see why the region is a place where people want to retire to it is simply stunning. Fields filled with sunflowers as far as the eye could see. Restaurants litter every tiny cobbled street.
Small medieval villages sit within walls tucked into the landscape as you drive on long stretches of country roads.
Périgueux is quite a large town but the old centre is small but packed full of restaurants and food shops. The tight cobbled streets are a pleasure to explore with a large beautiful church.
I am such an advocate of using airbnb and here is why; we stayed for a very small price in a beautiful location. The family had turned half of their barn into a self contained flat. We could use the entire garden, there was a small pool and chickens, Sebastian loved the chickens and the garden, we even ate fresh hazelnuts from the tree.
Lanouaille is a village with barely 1000 residents, we were attending a wedding there, more on that later. It is so small that we may have missed it if we were not required to be there but we are so happy we were required to be there as the town is chocolate box pretty and the epitome of what you envisage when you think of a rural French village.
Boulazac is a beautiful small town on the river, idyllic and well worth a visit. It was such a beautiful holiday and Sebastian had an amazing time and even took his first photograph. The blury one you can see below.