Sarlat

Sarlat is another beautiful village in Dordogne. The fifteenth of August is a holiday in France and the French usually take a long vacation during this time as can be seen by the almost empty streets in Paris. Many French people go to Normandy or Brittany but I think a lot went to Dordogne, along with many English. I read that there are one million visitors a year going to Sarlat and I think most of them were there when we were. We went to the medieval part of Sarlat with its very narrow streets full of people most with umbrellas in the rain. Maurice says that there is almost always bad weather around the 15th which was true in our case. I have determined to never travel in August again if I can avoid it. On an interesting side note, we were on a freeway and it was lunch time. Earlier we had stopped for gas and it was packed with people like the sale day after Thanksgiving in the States so we thought we would try a town off of the freeway. It turned out that this town was eerily empty. I mean empty like a bomb had gone off and everyone had died in their beds. There was no traffic, no animals, no people. Every shop and restaurant was closed. This was due to three factors: The building of the freeway had cut off people going through the town, the industry that had lead to the growth of the town was gone and, most importantly, it was the 15th, that major holiday. We ended up going to a crowded stop off of the freeway to eat. Anyway, back to Sarlat.

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A shot of the village with all of the buildings built with golden stone, dark gold in this case because of the rain.

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The poster for Sarlat shows what this region is famous for-mainly duck and goose products, like foie gros. There was shop after shop selling foie gros along with walnut oil and a local drink.

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One of two large squares in the medieval section.

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I was tempted by this nougat but was strong.

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There was an old church, St Maria, that had been turned into a covered market. As you can see, it was packed.

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  1. We were there in October, about 25 years ago – and we were almost alone as well. I truly enjoyed the town and the foie gras, the confit de canard and the Cabecou as well. Obviously, I don’t have your willpower. 🙂

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