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Saturday, September 6, 2014

House Hunter's International!!

Our episode airs in the states on Sunday night!!

II:30 P.M. is a terrible time, I know, and it sure puts a crimp in our TV Soirée plans, but maybe it's so awful they are trying to hide it where nobody will see it?  Ah, well, at least it's G-rated.  Make a game of it.   Throw a quarter in a hat every time you hear me say "Oh, WOW…!"

A demain, mes amis,

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Dordogne: Part 2

Les Jardins de Marquessac

In addition to the storybook castles and manoirs of the Dordogne, there was a special garden that drew us to the Perigord Noir--
The Gardens of Marquessac.  

I had seen photos of this garden on Pinterest,

 and placed this number 1 on our list of

things to see in the Dordogne

We were entranced by this magical place from 

the first moment we entered the gardens. The 

misty day added to the romantic feeling of 

 surrealism,and although there was one

bus tour there when we arrived, they soon 

scattered and left when it began to lightly 


The rain stopped quickly, and we actually

 found ourselves alone, experiencing a sublime 

  peace and tranquility.

 Even the peacocks were willing to pose for us,

 in a photographer's dream landscape.

There are more than six kilometers of shaded 

paths bordered by 150000 hand-pruned box trees

 a hundred years old, the whole embellished 

with belvederes, waterways, rockeries and 

grassy clearings. 

The views of La Roque-Gageac
are outstanding

but my favorite views were of landscapes that looked like patchwork quilts and  toy villages.

 It's easy to see why this is the most visited garden in the Perigord.

Next time I will share another beautiful garden with you, 


And on Sunday night , September 7, our episode of House Hunter's International will be shown at 11:30 p.m.on HGTV!! More about that later.

à bientôt,mes amis

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Trip to the Dordogne:Part 1

The Dordogne River

{be sure to click on the photos to view them larger…}

Last autumn we made one of our most favorite trips to France. [ I know.  I say that about every trip to France.:)] Not only did we spend 8 days in the beautiful parc du Perche, but we also spent a week in the Périgord Noir, in the department of the Dordogne.

The Dordogne is a region of France that has become a very popular tourist destination. It has also become home to many British expats, owing, perhaps, not only to its green, bucolic beauty,and the warmer-than-English weather, but also to its honey-colored houses which look very similar to those in the Cotswolds. 

We stayed near the town of La Roque-Gageac,a picture postcard village on the banks of the Dordogne River, in a beautiful little house called La Bergerie.  This cozy spot was part of a complex of gîtes known as Rocquecombe

Here is the property, with three of the other houses which rent to guests by the week.

La Bergerie is tucked away in the pines.  Here we had  our apero every afternoon.

Our hosts, Phillippe and Anne-Marie, graciously invited all the guests for an aperitif one evening.  I had never tasted these delicious cocktails before, but they reminded me of Dubonnet or cream sherry.

The next day Philippe took us all on the most marvelous tour of some the châteaux in the area where we were staying.

This one is in Saint-Crépin-et-Carlucet, about 15 minutes from Sarlat

 Château Pierrelacy,
 a sweet little castle dating back to the 16th century

We were enchanted by this adorable dependance...

…and by this fellow who peeked out to say hello! What was a goat doing in the attic?

I can't remember the name of this castle, but it was abandoned and was in ruins on the backside.  Ooo.  Could I have some fun playing there…!

Chateau de la Grand Filolie
in Montignac

This was our favorite château of all.

We would never had found this had it not been for our host.  In addition to stopping to takes photos here, we also took the time to go on a 1 kilometer randonné on a chemin which completely encircled the  property.

This is a view of the west side of the castle.

I took this shot from the back of the property and made it into my Halloween greeting!

There is so much more to show you from the Dordogne, like this scene from Beynac, one of the towns where they filmed "Chocolat"...

Next time, mes amis…

love, dawne

Friday, July 18, 2014

Europe: Simply Irresistible!

Venetian Lagoon

As you know, we're moving to France very soon,  Lord willing, and although summer here on the farm is idyllic, I'm sort of chomping at the bit. I keep thinking of all those places in France that I could be visiting.  And all of those places in Europe that will suddenly be practically next door! So thank you, Anita,for inviting us on another wonderful European holiday! Hop on over to her lovely blog and join us on a tour of Irresistible Europe!

France is my favorite European country, but Italy is right up there, too.  It was the first place I ever visited in Europe, and it simply blew me away. I was an art teacher at the time, and my colleague and I took a group of students on a tour called Belle Italia.

We arrived in Venice right in the middle of Carnevale!  It has been my favorite Italian city ever since.

the approach to Venice in a water taxi

my friend Betsy  and I immediately got our faces painted.  Hey, it was the '90s!

I cannot describe the thrill of my first gondola ride!

Years later I returned to Venice with my husband, and I must say, the gondola ride is still just as thrilling!  And more romantic!

I can't wait to return to this magical city once we are living in France.  I checked the cost of fights from Orly and we can fly round trip for around 70 euros!

Europe, here we come!

santa maria della salute

Off to visit the rest of Europe on Anita's blog party.   Bon Voyage!

p.s. You can follow me on Bloglovin' or by email.  And I promise to talk more about France from now on!

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