France - April 2010

Week 1 - Beynac et Cazenac; La Petite Maison

We'll be staying in the village, part-way up the path to the chateau.

Chateau Beynac

Chateau Beynac - we are around the corner on the way up to the chateau.  The movie "Chocolat" was partly filmed here as was "Ever After" (scenes at the Prince's Castle were shot at Hautefort - under an hour away).
La petite Maison

Our home for the week.  Our host has pictures of the house, village and area here.


Chateau Feyrac

Chateau Feyrac, along the Dordogne River
LaRoque St. Christophe

Cave dwellings from prehistoric times to the middle ages.  Check this site. Nearby are the prehistoric cave paintings at Lascaux.

We will make day trips around the region, including a trip to Bergerac and Bordeaux.  North of the Dordogne gives a good overview of the region.

Week 2 - the drive across the south

Drive to Collioure


Make a stop in Castelnaudary - the home of Cassoulet (and the only place for the genuine article, they claim)

Carcassonne at night

We'll also wander around Carcassonne.  Ali and I visited there in '98.

Stay in Collioure

Collioure hotel

Rachel and I spent a few days in Collioure in 2006; really liked the village and the drives along the coast.  Here she is in front of the hotel Le Mas des Citronniers

Collioure Duck

Collioure harbour.  About 20 miles down the coast is Spain; Rachel and I really liked the restaurant in Portbou.

pic of LYT

I've always wanted to go on the Little Yellow Train up the Pyrenees.
Peyrepetouse pic

... and Cathar country has always fascinated me.

St. Remy de Provence, and On...

St Remy

Ali and I passed through here, but I've always wanted to spend a little time.  This is where Van Gogh did some of his most intense work.  We can also walk to the Roman ruins at Glanum or visit Les Baux.  We're staying at the Hotel Gounod.

Canyon Verdon

When we leave we'll drive throught the Canyon Verdon, which Rachel and I explored before.

Villefranche-sur-Mere and Nice


The Welcome Hotel in Villefranche sur Mere. 


The Matisse Museum in Nice.  We'll also try to get to Eze again.

... and so, to Home.