The merger of the regions of Aquitaine, Limousin and Poitou-Charentes has created this large new region.
The list of “les plus beaux villages de France” also includes the name of the village of Bèlves, which only has around 1,400 inhabitants.
On a 150 meter high rock above the town of Beynac-Cazenac is a castle that served as a backdrop in a film about the life of Jeanne d'Arc.
During one of our motorcycle tours through the Dordogne we passed Cardouin, where a 'Concours de Fanfare' just took place.
La Roque-Gageac lies along the Dordogne like an elongated ribbon. In 1957 a minor disaster occurred here.
The memorial village of Oradour-sur-Glane cannot really go through life as a beautiful place. Nevertheless, we thought we should include this place on the website. This place was massacred by the Germans during WWII. Today it is a memorial that warns of the horrors of war. The film below is a short documentary about the atrocities committed by the Germans.
The medieval town of Parthenay was on the route to Santiago de Compostella for many pilgrims. The citadel is located on a pointed rock and was easy to defend. However, De Richemont castle is a ruin.
Grace for prisoners
We cycle from Cheirroux to Saint-Leonard-de-Noblat, a city that was founded around the nobleman Leonardus de Noblat. As a hermit he lived here and made use of a privilege from the king. Pilgrims on their way to Santiago like to stop here.
Bicycle tour with mini concert
We cycle through the Deux-Sèvres department and visit Parthenay on the way. We end the cycling tour with dinner in Café de l'Union in Sauvrais, where Michel and Nicole surprise us with a musical performance.