House in Southern France

The City of Bergerac

Bergerac is famous for the gentleman Cyrano and good wines such as Péchamant, Montbazillac and Bergerac. It is the gastronomic center for truffles and foie gras. The city is very charming with a lot of good restaurants, good shops and cafés, there is a big out-door market twice a week with all kinds of local specialties. The Dordogne river flows through Bergerac all the way to Bordeaux, and offers a lot of water activities. Approx. 3 km from the center of Bergerac you will find the house placed on top of some hills, surrounded by wine yards, fruit trees and forest.
More information about Bergerac can be found at tourist office website.

The district

The district called Périgord is placed next to Bordeaux and is still not discovered by mass tourism. Périgord is the center of gastronomic, culture, many historical castles from the middle age, prehistoric caves with paintings.
• An hour from Bergerac, you can visit the famous Lascaux caves where the Cro-Magnon man was found.
• The Dordogne river is very beautiful and charming, and a lot of kayaking and canoeing takes place here. Boats can be hired for longer trips and of course it is excellent for swimming.
• If you are interested in golf there are at least three golf lanes with in 15km from Bergerac.
• The Atlantic ocean is less than 150km away with nice beaches and dunes. The Pyla sand dunes are also Europe's highest.
• Périgord is also world-renowned for its truffles.

More info about the region can found here: france-voyage.com.

The following is an excerpt from "Comité Départemental Du Tourisme De La Dordogne"


History

History

From the prelude of humanity, passing through the Gallo-Roman period and the Christian era, THE WHITE PERIGORD is one those rare regions to offer a complete fresco of how architecture developed. Capital of the Perigord, the town of Périgueux situated itself at the crossroads of the major political and intellectual movements in Europe. In Dordogne, History inexorably follows its course leaving superb chateaux and picturesque sites in its wake, like so many folds and wrinkles on a face. Stones are the silent witnesses to battles galore, enabling adventures to be relived at every corner. As counterpoint to the torments of everyday life and, as if to preserve God from aggressions and wars, Man raised churches. Simple but majestic, Romanesque and sometimes fortified, they are like musical pauses highlighting the landscape, set in the heart of traditional villages, on the roads of the Riberac region in the GREEN PERIGORD. There is not a wall nor a facade which does not recall warring times or the pomp of a period of peace. Vestige of bloody and barbarous eras, the feudal castle rises like some impregnable citadel. It has retained its keeps, hewn with narrow loopholes, parapets and drawbridges. During the "Hundred Years" War, towns became fortified (called "bastides") and were symbols of a new social organization. They sprang up particularly numerous in the PURPLE PERIGORD, built by English and French alike. The Renaissance also left its stamp on the Périgord with its subtle styles, combining titian elegance with ruggedness if Medieval fortresses. Sarlat and Périgueux have magnificently restored their Renaissance quarters. Other styles followed during the subsequent centuries, but all periods have left their particular mark on the road of one thousand and one chateaux of the Périgord which concentrates one the widest architectural panoramas of quality to be found anywhere.

History

Prehistory

The Périgord overture is underscored by the ever-prevalent theme of Prehistory. Peerless world centre of Prehistory for the periods from 300,000 to 10,000 BC, the region of the Périgord is a treasure-trove of caves and sites representing practically half of the cave paintings to be found in France. The most recent discoveries lead specialists to believe that there are still many more marvels to be unearthed... Both topography and climate were conducive to making life easier, providing food and natural shelters... Man was quick to exploit these advantages and it was here, more than elsewhere, that his technical, industrial and physical development took place, as in the Vézere Valley situated in the BLACK PERIGORD. Prehistory makes the Périgord a must for everyone to visits whatever corner of the world he comes from. It is a place of pilgrimage linked to the eternal cult of knowledge, art and beauty.

History

Nature and leisure activities

The Périgord offered prehistoric man a natural environment ideally suited to an expanding Paleolithic civilization. Far from the madding crowd, it also offers modern man a chance to rediscover his roots and a natural sense of equilibrium with numerous leisure activities revealing a heritage of worldwide renown. The most striking note of the varied Perigord landscapes is their harmonious nature, which the tourist will discover in his own time and following his own inclinations. Complete freedom to follow his or her own leisure activities, for example: - Canoeing or kayaking down the rivers Dordogne, Vézere, Auvézere or Dronne. - Rambling along the paths of the Perigord, or discovering them on horseback or mountain-bike. - Discovering the region by horse-drawn caravans. - Golf or other open-air pursuits. For culture vultures or for those who simply want to discover history and nature in all its splendor, a myriad of theme museums awaits the inquisitive tourist (museum of the Périgord in Périgueux, Ecomuseum of the Truffle in Sorges, Aquaria of Sarlat and Le Bugue...) Not to mention the various seasonal exhibitions and concerts, where quality is the prime concern. Or just learn to draw, paint perfect the culinary art, or, simply, the art of conversing...

History

Lifestyle

It is the local inhabitant who strike, however, the highnote to this symphony of the Perigord by their warmth, sense of welcome and traditional gastronomic know-how. This generous land begrudges neither cook nor gourmet it fine fruitful fare: freshwater fish, game, a multitude of mushrooms, poultry... providing master classes of composition; the tasty cepe mushroom omelette, the goose confit gently simmering the hours away and whose fat is used to saute potatoes and give them their peerless taste, the delicate aroma of truffles malting it harmonious match in foie gras, with Bergerac wines as an astute accompanist. The regional cuisine is unrivaled. We are not just dealing with "recipes" but a lifestyle that has become an art - just like the hospitality reserved for guest is also an "art de vivre". From the most refined luxury hotels right through to the humblest forms of accommodation, the sense of welcome is unchanging and an integral part of the know-how and natural spontaneity of the inhabitant or the Perigord. Since time immemorial, everything has been organized so fliat your stay will be a remarkable and memorable one In the evening, the local village dance is being made ready. On with the musicians, the light and the show...