Bonne Pâques et Joyeuses Pâques. So I’ve been struggling to take photos of our trip to South West France this Easter. The weather, until today has been the opposite of last Easter when it was glorious and so far my photos are all a bit drab and sad looking.
Our first real trip out and we decided to head East to check out the villages of St Pompon and Daglan in the Dordogne. Well actually I got everyone to take the trip on the basis that there was a vide grenier at Pompon. After all it is a couple of hours away. I also had in mind to pass through Monpazier a village that we have been through before but weren’t able to stop in at the time. It has been recommended to us by several people as being a lovely place to visit.
Once you get to St Pompon you really get the sense that you are in a valley, most of the houses are made from visible random stone. Quite pretty, if a little chololate boxy. No vide grenier though, big disappointment for me but great to get out and about even if the weather isn’t brilliant. Onto Daglan then, only about 5 kilometres away from Pompon. Daglan is also chocolate box pretty, almost looks like a film set. Stone buildings.
I have to say that I always find villages situated in valleys a little oppressive and this is no exception as Daglan is situated in the Céou valley. I’m probably being a little unfair as the weather was dreary and the village toilets locked, just when I was desperate to use them, why? I much prefer the villages near to Duras in the Lot et Garonne which have long distance views of vines and rolling hills.
So desperate for a wee, we drove back via Monpazier. As you enter the village you are confronted with a plaque that tells you this village is a member of the “Most Beautiful Villages of France Association” (Plus Beaux Villages de France). Wow! that’s got to be something to live up to. Well first things first. The toilets were open, clean and with toilet paper. I’m impressed already. And this is indeed a lovely village. According to the Pays de Bergerac tourist site it is one of the best preserved bastides in the Dordogne.
There is a beautiful square, La Place des Cornières which is surrounded by houses with ground floors that form the arches of an arcade that surrounds the square. Although the shops were not open, they appeared to be very varied and interesting. We were desperate for food and came across a super restaurant “Bar À Vin”. Bella (our pooch) was welcome too. Lovely food and best service we’ve had in France. Really polite and helpful waitress.
These narrow alleys that take you into the square are called “Androns”.
Even on a drab day, Monpazier was a treat. We’ll definitely be back in the sunshine.