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In the North of France’s Lot department, history and geography combine to mark the transition from the Massif Central to Causse. Here were the landholdings of the Duchy of Aquitaine and the possessions of the Counts of Toulouse.

The diversity in topography provides visible proof: the Correze’s shale foothills of the Massif Central, offers undulating, broken features both wooded and green; the Lot’s wide limestone plateau is accented by dry-stone walls that are centuries old and valleys where sometimes water disappears into a secret subterranean networks.

The evidence of man’s pre-history and evolution through medieval times is everywhere. Neanderthal’s and Cro-Magnon’s co-existed for a time here. These are the lands of Eleanor of Aquitaine, King Henry, Richard the Lionhearted and birthplace to the crusading Knights Templar’s.

Three great families fought for centuries over this territory. The Turenne’s from their Chateau near Brive, controlled Saint Céré, Martel, Collonges and Curemonte. The Cardaillac’s controlled an area from Saint-Cirq-Lapopie to Lacapelle-Marival. The Castelnaus formed the armed guard of their sovereign, the Count of Toulouse, before becoming vassals of the Viscount of Turenne in 1183.

This region rich in castles has its religious roots founded in the middle ages. One of Europe’s principal pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostela runs though the very heart of Rocamadour and many of our other beautiful villages:

So why not come for a visit with us? We’ll be happy happy to help you navigate the Dordogne River Valley and surrounds!

Plan to visit in 2013? Please check out the delightful accommodations at: Le Sud. Or email us about affordable homestays at our rural and eclectic French home: Rancho Escargot.

Both are located in the very heart of the Dordogne River Valley!

Bonne Route et à bientôt! Jack
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April 28, 2013 - Posted by Jack Tobin


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poisson_avril02_clrYesterday was April Fool’s Day or as the French call it: “les poisson d’avril”. In France the traditional gag is to stick a paper fish on the back of an unsuspecting friend. Our spoof on closure of France’s Rivers (including the Dordogne) was just that – a spoof! So don’t worry, you can canoe/ kayak here to your heart’s content but we sure enjoyed having some fun yesterday! And all we can say to those who took our little story seriously is…

GOTCHA! et à bientôt, Jack

April 2, 2013 - Posted by Jack Tobin

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ATTENTION EFFECTIVE 1 APRIL 2013: Canoeing and Kayaking on the Dordogne River – NOT ALLOWED!

News Source: ‘Le Figaro’/ Paris

Today, in an unprecedented move, French President François Hollande instructed ‘Le Ministère des Eaux’ to place a moratorium on both Kayaking and Canoeing on France’s rivers until further notice. This move, he advised, was required to protect the country’s extensive bottled water industry from potential pollution by recreational paddlers. ‘L’Association des Grands Pagayeurs de France’ says this is just another move by President Hollande to prove the only legitimate use for a paddle is to spank the general public!

No Paddling? Mon Dieu! President Hollande!!!

No Paddling? Mon Dieu! President Hollande!!!

We’ll keep all our readers posted on this developing story…   

à bientôt, Jack


April 1, 2013 - Posted by Jack Tobin