Bastide de Cologne

Beautiful valleys bathed in a pure light revealing the beauty of the landscapes at their best, shores against chalky cliffs, land worked by men. Let us start in the south with the Gorges of the Aveyron.

Montauban saw the birth of Ingres.. Villefranche de Rouergue with its ancient Carthusian monastery, the prestigious Cahors where the towers of its Pont Valentre still stand erect, its wine is well-known...A little further to the east, you will find yourself in the Pays de Bastides, medieval defensive cities, arranged in a chequer pattern with roads cut at right angles, surrounded by walls; see a fine example in Monpazier.

Le Haut Quercy with Roc-amadour and seven churches, clinging to the side of a canyon.. Travel through the impressive grottos by boat: the Gouffre de Padirac, a marvellous underground world. Now enter the Perigord Noir, a powerful cliff crowned with chateaux of white stone, land of subtle alliances, goose and duck pate de foie gras, truffles...the Perigord has "a fragrant soul" Sarlat with its medieval authenticity, is its capital.

Valley of la Vezere...In Eyzies-de-Tayac, some 40,000 years ago, Cro-Magnon man left us the print of his hands.. birthplace of pre-history, a wealth of cave paintings and prehistoric sites. Lascaux II accurately reproduced the original site. Here, from the times of bison and reindeer, one can see the black of the outlines, and the purples and yellows portraying the fights between the ancient animals. Further on, Rouffinac; an electric train will take you on a strange journey amidst painted mammoths.

To the west of here, is Cyrano, hence Bergerac. The 16th century brought us the Chateau de Montbazillac and its vineyard which produces the famous sweet white wine. To the north, Perigueux, an ancient gallo-roman city with its cathedral, a fine example of roman-byzantine art. And then go to see Brantome, at night when the lights play games with the river and the monuments in this Venice of the Perigord.

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