Colin’s thoughts on Domme.

dommesign

bastide
(Colin: “Oh No! Not another Bastide town to walk round”).

 

We parked at La Perpetuum, a campsite on the banks of the Dordogne about 2km from Domme, in the sunshine. Domme is an old fortified medieval town, or Bastide, up on a hill overlooking the river. After parking Mavis, we walked along the river and then up a gentle track through the trees to Domme.

walktodomme

Ivy covered ruins along path to Domme.

dordfromwalk

The Dordogne, looking back from the walk.

niaportetours pjwall

We paused at the Porte de Tours, the old fortified village entrance, famous for having had the Knights Templars imprisoned here in the early 1300’s. There is graffiti on the inside of the towers, said to have been inscribed by the Knights.

pjportetours

niastreetdomme

plaque

roofdomme

frenchgate

dommesquare

Domme was pretty deserted; this is the main square at lunchtime.

dordogne

bridge

View over the Dordogne valley from the North facing parapet of the village.

hotdogs

Hot Dogs

frenchwindows

French Windows

housedomme

Cottage by the Botanic Garden.
botanicjardin

Botanic Garden
painter

There were several artists at work in the Botanic Garden. Note Colin on a sandwich hunt.

gibson

This is Gibson, retired, from New Jersey, I asked how long he had been working on his water colour; “Oh, 2 hours. And 35 years.”

grottedomme

On the last afternoon we walked through the amazing 400 m of stalactite and stalacmite filled caves below Domme, to emerge on the cliff face 20m below the top. We were the only two visitors on the guided tour and so had a free French lesson from Florence, the guide. We have little French, she had little English, so it was fun. We struggled with the translation of deer….there is a deers backbone in the cave….eventually worked it out when she said, “Conaissez vous Bambi?…C’est Papa of Bambi”

max

I took Max for a game of catch after the walk.

Advertisements

Rambling about Europe with the Kray Twins (Colin and Penny).

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in - France, 2013 Autumn, Aquitaine, Domme
3 comments on “Colin’s thoughts on Domme.
  1. Sue Knutton says:

    Seems like it’s still summer where you are………..
    Can’t help but feel how right Gibson is!
    You are visiting Domme at a good time. When we went, on each occasion, it was a river of people.
    As Colin has a liking (!) for Bastide towns, he may enjoy

  2. Sue Knutton says:

    woops, pressed the wrong button…
    …enjoy Monpazier.
    Yes, Peter, ‘place’ would be perfect.
    John thinks actually Colin is saying life’s a Bastide, then there’s another walk. I don’t know how John knows. Is there something he’s not telling me?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 219 other followers

Places Visited
Dordogne Guide
Our Guide to Bordeaux, the Médoc and the Dordogne

Our Dordogne Guide Book is now available. See motorhomefrance.com

Timeline of Blog Posts
October 2013
M T W T F S S
« Sep   Nov »
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031  
%d bloggers like this: