France’s Rustic Heart
We've been told that nearly 70% of the world’s prehistoric cave art is to be found here in southwestern France. Viewing the 25,000 year old paintings at Pech-Merle and a few other important sites provides the opportunity to see some of its finest examples.
Medieval villages are everywhere and within about a 1.5 hour drive radius of the Dordogne River Valley's heart you can visit 18 of the most beautiful villages in France. That’s better than 10% of the villages that have made the governments, Plus Beau Villages list. This region was where Julius Caesar defeated the Gaul’s in 54BC, home to Richard the Lionhearted, and birthplace to the Knights Templar’s. (We think this makes the area one of France’s best kept secrets!)
Rustic French cuisine just does not get better! This is ground zero for the black truffles, fois gras, and other regional Quercynoise delights. If you come here don’t forget to bring your appetite.
For paddle-sport enthusiasts the rivers in our region of most interest include; the Dordogne (considered the cleanest & most beautiful in all of France), Vézère (which passes though the heart of the regions pre-history) and the Ardèche.
This patch of southwestern France was once known as the Haut-Quercy. Located at the northern tip of the French department called the LOT (46) and also includes parts of the Corrèze (19) and Cantal (15).
TRAVEL time to/ from Paris is about 4.5 hours by train, Bordeaux 3 hours West, and Toulouse 2.5 hours South by car.
France’s rustic soul can be found in the heart southwest!
à bientôt! Jack