The Dordogne region of France is a little off the beaten path but incredibly rich in history, beauty and cuisine. Beynac and Castelnaud each have imposing castles from the Hundred Year War. La Roque Gageac and Sarlat are gorgeous towns filled with flowers and excellent food. Please enjoy some of my landscape and architectural photos from here.
Sarlat Narrow Street
Perfect for walking, Sarlat is beautiful in every direction from the town center. We got lost and still loved every minute. This narrow street with windows, lanterns and cobblestones is typical of the gorgeous town.
Sarlat Windows and Flowers in the lovely central France region.
Inside Castle Walls of Beynac, a might fortress
Beynac Great Hall: tapestries adorn the high walls.
Beynac Castle Walls
show signs of age with their lichen, the rough edges and seams. The view over the Dordogne River is one of the best in all of France. This castle was French during the hundred-years war.
Beynac Castle Columns and Arches in black and white
Lantern to the Dead (Lanturne des Mortes)
in Sarlat, France helps remember how the black plague came through town and killed 1/4 the population in a mere 4 days! This is the oldest monument in Sarlat, built in the 12th century.
Sarlat Lantern and Stone buildings
in France is a well-preserved and imposing fort high above the Dordogne River. A tour of this castle is a trip into the 1300s when the hundred-years war was fought here.
River View from a Castle
Beynac castle overlooks the Dordogne River in France. This full and fast river was a boundary during the 100-years war.
Beynac High Tower, clear skies.
in La Roque Gageac. This is one of my daughter's favorite photos from France.
View of Beynac Castle from Castelnaud
This is the distant view of Beynac from Castelnaud. These two castles fought each other during the hundred-years war. The Dordogne river separated the two armies.
Garden of Marqueyssac
is a wonderful place to visit in the Dordogne. Here the chateau is seen from an approaching pathway.
Sarlat Cathedral and Cemetery
The walk around this wonderful church is worth the minimal effort. The stone used to make everything in this region has a wonderful earthy hue.
Sarlat Cathedral Tower
poking out over the rooftops and lanterns that make this delightful town so special.
I like the shadow of a characteristic building is seen on the sunlit building on the right. The bright and beautiful day made this town blossom with beauty.
Inside the Castle rooms, doors and walls.
Top of Beynac Castle
on a lovely June day. The view over the green valley and the Dordogne River is splendid.
in the small town of La Roque Gageac
Last Light on La Roque Gageac before sunset
in the fertile region of France
Castelnaud over River
This English castle fought against the French in the Dordogne valley during the hundred-years war
Dordogne River Flowing to Beynac Castle and town.
Marqueyssac Church in the Garden. Trimmed hedges lead to this small wonder.
Inside Sarlat Cathedral. We attended Sunday service and then enjoyed the architecture afterwards.
in Sarlat, France
I loved this wonderful little village. I haven't seen its' equal in beauty and charm. Here the taller building show off the variety of architecture present. I love all the different windows.
overlooking the Dordogne River and the Beynac church. The view through the old glass warps the view in an original way.
The Castle View
from Beynac Castle over the Dordogne River. This is where the ending scenes from the movie "Ever After" were filmed.
Walking in La Roque Gageac small walkways and stoney paths.
in La Roque Gageac, France
Field of France, morning
Manoir de la Malatrie
a luxurious bed and breakfast along the Dordogne River
Garden of Marqueyssac as seen from Castelnaud
crosses the Lot River. The fortifications are most impressive.
Stone Shingle Roof
are common and impressive throughout the Dordogne
Sarlat Windows. All the homes are made of stone.
Poppies of France: red and popping.
Study Abroad in Beynac: a study studies in an ancient fortress.
Beynac Church overlooking the river.
Rooftop Tiles of La Roque Gageac, detail
Quai de la Riviere
a street in La Roque Gageac
Dordogne River Sunrise
As sunrise and light spread out over the Dordogne valley, the view from Domme is just spectacular.
Manoir de la Malatrie and Lawn with table and chairs.