I had seen photos for years of the beautiful Marqueyssac Garden and had it on my list of a must place to visit. We were on our way across France to Annecy and passed through the Dordogne area (a very spectacular region) and I finally got to go. It’s on those lists you see listing the most beautiful gardens in the world and for a reason.

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Here is a map showing the size of the garden. We walked to the very end with fabulous views of the country side down below.

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What the garden is best known for is the sculpted box bushes. There are over 150,000 of them with five full time gardeners to keep them in shape and I’m sure, many more people to keep it clean. There wasn’t a leave or twig to be found on the grounds.

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This is the most popular and most photographed view.
On the other side. I’m so glad we got to go. It turned out to be a very rainy day but we got there early before it started.

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Fort Boyard is a very popular TV show that started in France and now has been done in thirty other countries. I don’t watch it as I don’t like reality type shows where people have to be in a container with snakes or bugs. The Fort where it takes place is not far from oue beach place. There are all sorts of boat tours taking people out to see it and I think there will one day even be tours of the inside. It was built between Île Oleron and Île d’Aix to keep out the English who raided France at this point many times. It was finished at the end of the 1800’s, then abandoned until it became a listed bulding and then the TV show really put it on the map.

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We rented a boat one day and one of the things we did was circle the fort. We were one boat among many-it was a nautical Eiffel Tower experience.

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Getting closer.

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One of the boats as we circled.

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The bst photo that I got on the bobbing boat. It was a fun thing to do.

Every August in a little village near us called les Boucheleurs, there is a big fete with all sorts of things for sale like locally made salt and Pineau, a local drink. They also serve moules, or mussels, and we go for that.

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Moules are always eaten with frites, or French fries. It’s a good combo.

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A huge covered area was set up with tables by the harbor.

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The remains.

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This little dog had been under the table while we ate and popped up to check out everything.

A few things here and there that I photographed in our village, Chatelaillon.

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I see people carrying these all of the time. They go out to the water when the tide is way out and run the net through the water. I’ve never seen what they catch but I think it’s either small shrimp or fish.

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A pretty glass canopy over an empty house with the roses growing wild.

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I love the architecture found in our area. Note the blue sky too!

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I love looking through open doors and windows. Luckilly, I didn’t see anyone in their underwear.

I wandered around the Notre Dame area with a friend.

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One street away from Notre Dame you can find this restaurant. The exterior is always decorated.

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They really decorate it big time when Spring arrives.

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It’s always nice to cross the Seine.

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August is the month a faux beach is created along the Seine.

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A look from up above.

There are many little pockets of gourmet food, or at least French food, in Paris.

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This place sella charcuterie, which is items like sausage.

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A famous cheese place, said to be the best in Paris.

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At first glance, these cheeses look like pastry. They had one blue cheese with slices of apple compote made with calvados marinated apples in between sections of the cheese.

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Can you tell that this restaurant is near Notre Dame? Quasimodo is the hunchback you lived in the bell tower of Notre Dame in the book, hunchback of Notre Dame.

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