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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

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