Autumn in the Dordogne

A French immersion course is a brilliant way to learn the language. My week at Le Bourdil Blanc in October combined French lessons in the morning and trips to wonderful sites in the Dordogne Valley in the afternoon. Vaut la visite!

Le Bourdil Blanc front view
Le Bourdil Blanc front view

Le Bourdil Blanc rear view
Le Bourdil Blanc rear view

Pouriture Noble at Monbazillac
Pouriture Noble at Monbazillac

Grapes at Monbazillac
Grapes at Monbazillac
Beautiful autumn colours in Limeuil
Beautiful autumn colours in Limeuil
The old village of Limeuil
The old village of Limeuil
Bergerac grain warehouse
Bergerac grain warehouse
Chateau de Milandes
Chateau de Milandes
Bergerac is full of half timbered buildings
Bergerac is full of half timbered buildings

French markets in the Dordogne

I’ve just come back from a week’s holiday in the Dordogne and as ever I was overwhelmed by the quality and variety of everyday foodstuffs, seasonal produce and of course some more luxury gourmet goodies, in the local markets there.

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Seasonal produce in French markets
Seasonal produce in French markets

 

Nice Festival of Folklore

French Shopping Provence textiles

Celebrating the culture, language and local traditions, Lu Festin de Nissa (Nice Folklore Festival) takes place at the Jardins de Cimiez in May. These gardens also boast Roman ruins and the Museum of Matisse. The women in the dance troupe wear traditional dress in designs typical of Provence – the inspiration for some of our tablecloths!

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French Vintage Style Shopping in Nice

Nice is a vintage lover’s paradise, with a regular brocante market held in Place Garibaldi on the third Saturday of the month. A stroll round the town’s old quarter will also reveal retro and shabby chic treasures on almost every corner.

 

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