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View from Chateau Beynac

La Roque Gageac

Hum… what do you think guys?

Are you paddling?

Chateau de Monfort

Pros towards the end.


Little terrace outside our room.

Side access between our two rooms

Main entrance with terrace and breakfast


Looking up from 1/2 way... Gouffre de Padirac.

The elevator dropped us off here

we walked down...

…and down ...

...and down...

and down to a long canyon

and finally you board your boats.

Cocktails on the terrace outside our room

before dinner.


Part 2 of Our Dordogne Visit

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We spent the morning driving along the Dordogne River and stopping to admire the views from the chateaux that were built in to

the cliffs.

After lunch we rented 2 canoes to travel 12 kms between Carsac and Cénac. It took us about 4 hours and lady luck was with us

as it was sunny weather for the ride.

We spent the last 2 nights of our trip at Moulin de Fresquet. What a place! This place was incredible. There are only 4 rooms and

1 suite and you need to book well in advance. Claude and her husband Gérard couldn't be more charming. They speak enough

english to make anglophone guests welcome, and dinner at the Mill is a real highlight to the stay.

We visited the historic town Rocamdour with its dramatic rock-face setting at night. And during the next day we drove through

the villages of Carennac, Loubressac and Autoire before finishing the day at the Gouffre de Padirac. Padirac is a huge sinkhole

with an underground river with miles of stalagmites and stalactites.

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One takes the elevator and a number of stairs to climb down in to the shaft where you board 12 passenger aluminum boats that

with a guide that rows you into the cavern. Along the way he tells tales, (in french only) that are pretty funny. You are given a

brochure in english upon boarding. When you get to the other side, you disembark and another guide leads you through the

grotto pointing out various formations and information. They have a short commentary in English followed by a more in-depth

one in French at each site that they stop at.

Rick Steve's pooh-poohed Padirac for the large amount of stairs, the little english and other things. For us, this was another real

highlight of our trip.

We had a wonderful meal at Moulin de Frequet our last night and said our farewells to Claude and Gérard after a wonderful

breakfast and returned home to Cergy.


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