St. Vincent de Cosse and Sarlat 2017

Luz and the key to our room at the sweet classical stone front door of the Chateau de Monrecour in St Vincent de Cosse, France.

The Chateau de Monrecour is a large house built between 1846 and 1914. It looks formal from the exterior but inside it is a warm and inviting house. We felt as though we had been invited by friends to spend a few days.

We might have gone out searching for a place to have lunch but the Table de Monrecour was right there and we were staying a few days so one thing led to another and lunch. Blessedly there is no “background” music. The sommelier is stern and appears uninterested as he uncorks the wine we chose. I suspect because it is a simple wine.

Breakfast is a buffet and during our stay we chose to eat outside on the terrace every morning. The food was excellent. Freshly made eggs, fruit, pastries and other breakfast food. There always seems to be an ample supply of sweet breads and cake.

Square towers on the main house lend it a romantic flair.
The entrance gate and cobbled drive

After breakfast its off to explore the nearby market town of Sarlat-la-Canéda.

Saturday is market day and the town is crowded, people wander the streets, some buy others just look but the feel is festive and excited.
At the market in Sarlat-le-Canada the Dordogne, France
Luz strikes a pose in the midst of the market hubbub.
The Fontaine Sainte-Marie is unremarkable in appearance but allowed Sarlat to survive a siege with a fresh and uninterruptible supply of water.
Local geese provide a brief rest from our wandering. The geese are symbolic of the importance of Foie Gras to the French diet and then area. Sarlat celebrates every March 2 and 3 its the Fete de l’oie. We bought some in tins to take home.
The afternoon sun bathes everything in a golden glow.
A former church turned into a market.
Tins of foie gras tempt in market stalls
Luz pays a gaily dressed street performer in Sarlat
Along the way we stop in la Roque Gageac for a boat ride on the river featuring views of castles that played a part in the Hundred Years’ War between the French and the English, in this case an English Castle overlooking the river which divided the sides for decades.
On the river looking back toward la Roque Gageac
The boat ride offers spectacular views of the village.
And back to St Vincent la Cosse our base for a few days. Dawn the next day reveals the mist on the meadows and the profile of a distant castle. Spectacular!

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