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We enjoy sharing information about the fantastic medieval villages that surround the Dordogne River Valley. Certainly one of the most unique is: Collonges-la-Rouge, a picture perfect village to explore with your camera.

Located in the adjacent department of Corrèze, like Carennac it shares the distinction of being on the ‘list’ of the most beautiful villages of France. Collonges-la-Rouge is very old: the first records of town activity date back from 783AD. The village retains much of its old charm, even to the badly paved roads lined by homes from the 15th to 17th century.

The 12th century church is heavily fortified as are many of the private residences with watch towers, turrets and defensive loopholes – all of which were very wise precautions during the Hundred Years’ War and continue to be excellent defensive measures against the tourists every July & August!

So why not come check it out for yourself? The natives are quite friendly and tourists few during the balance of the year!

à bientôt! Jack
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August 11, 2013 - Posted by Jack Tobin


Saying nothing… sometimes says the most.

Emily Dickinson


à bientôt, Jack
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August 4, 2013 - Posted by Jack Tobin

LE CHABROL is a twisted tradition in the Haut-Quercy that dates back to the Middle Ages!

The story is really all about the soup. In southwestern France no meal is complete unless it starts with either broad bean soup (soupe de fèves) or a tourain. Tourain is an onion and garlic soup… the same soup traditionally served here at dawn to newlyweds, whether they like it or not, on the first morning of their married life.

So, when you've almost completed that delicious bowl of soup, this is where things get a little twisted…

Just take in hand that bottle of ’82 Château Latour Pauillac you've been decanting and pour a generous splash into the remainder of your soup; give it a hearty swirl to mix and then… it's bowls up!  Chabrol!!!

When visiting you will quickly grasp the importance of perpetuating this tradition...

Go for it!  Slurp it up and you will be a VERY happy traveler.

Just ask Bobbi!

Chabrol et à bientôt! Jack

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July 21, 2013 - Posted by Jack Tobin