Paysage Périgord Dordogne

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A land, a world

A land, a world

Vallée de la Dordogne

Châteaux country

The Dordogne river valley is sheltered amid majestic cliffs and nestled in the thick dark green-oak. This unspoilt valley will beckon you on to a journey back in time through its rich and turbulent past. The châteaux, villages and fortified towns stand as eagle nests where erstwhile lords sought refuge from their day’s tumult. There is something touching and grand about the stones, trees, streams and rivers as well.

The golden triangle’s centre is without a doubt Sarlat, where you can take a stroll around its cobblestone streets and feel like a prince. You will get the feeling that Hôtel Plamon and Hôtel de Vienne, two townhouses, have been waiting for you through the centuries. The Dordogne is half way between Sarlat and Bergerac – and deliciously facetious. The view from Cingle de Trémolat, a lookout, is enthralling. But don’t let today’s soothing backdrop fool you: the Hundred Years’ War tore this area apart: the two august and imposing châteaux on either side of the river have been and will be defying each other for centuries.

Château de Beynac’s keep towers 70 metres over a sheer drop – and has provided the sets for many a medieval film. Château des Milandes served a more peaceful purpose : Josephine Baker bought it after World War II to house the twelve children she adopted. This majestic area overwhelmed Henry Miller, who was inspired and wrote: “It may be that one day France ceases existing, but the Périgord will survive, just like the dreams, whence is nourished the human heart”.