Tagged D: Dordogne River

Dordogne for Frizz’ Tagged D

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Dordogne is an attractive hill country. We visited there a couple of times and enjoyed canoeing and hiking both times.

During the Hundred Years’ War, from 1337 to 1453, between the England and France, Beynac Castle was in French hands, while the British headquarters were across the water at Chateau Castlenaud. There were fierce battles fought between them, the neighbouring castles changed hands frequently. Below is the Castlenaud:

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Currently, the castle on one side of the river is owned by a French family and the one on the other side owned by an English family. “History repeats itself...” a local person said.

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The Dordogne River runs through France from south-central to southwest. We spent hours gliding gently through lush green valleys, steep canyon walls, and white cliffs.

One evening, we walked into a restaurant at around 7 pm to find out what time they were going to open for business. The waiter kindly let us in, and we thought we were the first for an early dinner; gladly, we saw a couple was already settled in the courtyard.  A few minutes later, they initiated a conversation with us.

She said that years ago, when they came for a summer vacation from San Francisco, they stayed in a rental house. On the first night, she woke up and saw the sky was filled with stars from her bedroom window, so she decided to go outside to enjoy the view. As she was walking downstairs in the dark, she fell and broke her ankle, it cut their vacation short… She said that it took 14 years for them to come back to enjoy what they had missed. “What brought you back for the second time?” she asked.  I said that we wanted to experience canoeing in Dordogne all over again.

When we finished canoeing, hubby said, ” You know, we could hike and canoe in Colorado…”  But, he didn’t know I was planning to come back for the third time. :)

One last look of the river from the cliff:

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34 responses

  1. Wonderful pictures!

    January 23, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    • Amy

      Thank you for commenting! Glad to hear from you. :)

      January 24, 2013 at 1:18 pm

  2. Amy, this looks wonderful! I love canoeing, and I think doing so there would make it that much more exciting. Will you do some posts about that so I can talk my husband into going on that trip? Where did you stay? Did you do overnights along the way or day trips? Can’t wait to hear all about it! Photos are gorgeous!

    January 23, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    • Amy

      Sure, Naomi. Give me a couple of days…

      January 23, 2013 at 9:22 pm

  3. C’est magnifique!

    January 23, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    • Amy

      Oui. Merci beaucoup.

      January 24, 2013 at 1:20 pm

  4. this is so beautiful, and i’m sure canoeing is very special there! z

    January 23, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    • Amy

      I thought it was special, maybe because I don’t get to do very often. Thank you for taking time to view it, z!

      January 24, 2013 at 1:23 pm

  5. Beautiful photos, and I love the story!

    January 23, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    • Amy

      Thank you for reading the story! Appreciate your comment, Angeline!

      January 24, 2013 at 1:24 pm

  6. Beautiful castle!!! Fantastic shots!!!

    January 24, 2013 at 12:06 am

    • Amy

      Thank you, Rexlin! It might be a good angle for the photo. :)

      January 24, 2013 at 1:25 pm

  7. What ravishing scenery and architecture – forget canoes, give me a magic carpet !!

    January 24, 2013 at 2:29 am

    • Amy

      :D It was a such a serene delightful place. I appreciate so much you stopping by.

      January 24, 2013 at 1:27 pm

  8. wonderful view from the castle –
    thanks for leaving your canoe for a while!

    January 24, 2013 at 5:07 am

    • Amy

      Yea, it will be a while. :) Thank you for hosting the a-z story challenge…

      January 24, 2013 at 1:29 pm

  9. What a fun trip. Great pics!

    January 24, 2013 at 8:46 am

    • Amy

      It was… :) Thank you for letting me share it with you.

      January 24, 2013 at 1:31 pm

  10. Fabulous photos Amy :)

    January 24, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    • Amy

      I love Dordogne, but hubby probably was right about Colorado… I didn’t tell him though. :)

      January 24, 2013 at 7:26 pm

  11. That is the castle which I would love to visit! Wonderful photos – all.

    January 25, 2013 at 1:17 am

    • Amy

      Thank you for your comment. It’s a majestic castle, rich history…

      January 25, 2013 at 9:04 am

  12. Wow such a beautiful part of the world! Must have been so beautiful to go Canoeing and kayaking there :-) Yayy

    January 25, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    • Amy

      It was a cool adventure! Enjoyed reading your comment. :)

      January 26, 2013 at 5:40 pm

  13. Such a beautiful place… love your wonderful images… :)

    January 26, 2013 at 10:48 am

  14. Amy

    Thank you for reading it! Appreciate you spending time here. :)

    January 26, 2013 at 5:40 pm

  15. Your photos are amazingly beautiful, Amy. I’m not surprised you want to go back again. :)

    January 28, 2013 at 8:51 pm

  16. Excellent shots… I love the European countryside in the summer/spring. :-)

    February 1, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    • Amy

      The tranquility there is what I’m longing for…

      February 1, 2013 at 3:59 pm

  17. Your photos are amazing Amy! Who wouldn’t want to return to a place such as this? :-)

    February 5, 2013 at 7:20 am

  18. Gorgeous~

    June 11, 2013 at 2:40 pm

  19. Thank you so very much for the suggestion and the link you provided for me,my dear friend Amy :) If you knew how much I enjoyed the fabulous place and all the details and history connections !!! Your photos are so effective that narrate a story also,apart from your well-written illustrations.What glorious views over the river and the castle !!! I am so much enchanted that I decided to put the place on my bucket list.No wonder you felt like coming back again and again !Thaaaaaaaaank U once again for what you shared (with me) this time !!! You are such a good and dear friend from every POV …
    Lots of big ((( hugs ))) and xxxxxxxxx :)

    PS : Still problems with my comments on certain blogs.Linda didn’t notice and she hasn’t unspammed me.I am so upset and disappointed :(

    April 5, 2014 at 9:11 am

    • Amy

      That is so frustrating, to say the least. But, you don’t give up on it!
      I appreciate your comment. You’d love to visit there, there are so many places to visit along the beautiful river :) Great French food/wine….

      April 5, 2014 at 10:59 am

  20. Thanks for the link, Amy :) Now I’m feeling deprived. I’ve never seen the Dordogne. Isn’t it beautiful! :)

    April 7, 2014 at 3:50 am

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