lundi 2 avril 2007

"one of the most beautiful natural regions in France"

"Travel inland from Bordeaux to Dordogne, one of the most beautiful natural regions in France, with slow rivers sometimes cutting through spectacular steep limestone valleys, riddled with caves, many containing world-famous prehistoric paintings.. A region proud of its gastronomic specialities (foie gras, truffles, cheeses, chocolate …), food lovers and gourmets will savour the traditions of good living and eating well. “Land of Prehistoric man”, the Dordogne is bursting with superb prehistoric sites, which trace of the birth of human existence, such as the famous Lascaux caves. Nesting on a cliff, Nontron is famous for its hand-crafted knife with its pale wooden handle and carved motifs, it is the most ancient of folding knives. La Dordogne, land of contrast and of sweet living !! Places to discover : Visit the nice old town of Nontron : remnants of the town’s 13th century ramparts ; half-timbered houses and ancient quarters many houses dating from the 15-17th century. And the famous Périgord-Limousin National Park aswell as Villard caves, the Lascaux caves, and Limoges . Other activities in the Perigord include water sports, canoeing, tennis, horse-riding, horse-driven carriage, rides, walks and mountain-biking, lake and river fishing and golf..The region is dotted with small towns and villages, all typically French in character. Because this area has been inhabited since prehistoric times there is a wealth of sites and monuments to visit Brantome, Sarlat, Montbazillac, Bergerac, Périgueux, Les Eyzies (the Cro-Magnon Man). The whole region is dotted with chateaux or you can just relax and spend the day swimming in the many lakes and rivers, cycling through the quiet lanes or walking the marked footpaths."
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