24 March 2009

Video of Bergerac and surrounding villages

Today the Bergerac Office de Tourisme have advised that they have a new video showing attractions in Bergerac and nearby villages.

I have just watched and must say it is great as it shows the wine museum, Chateau de Monbazillac, Tobacco Museum, many surrounding villages including Issigeac, Monpazier and Beaumont, the Cadouin Abbey and many scenes in the old part of Bergerac.

Hope that you all enjoy watching it as much as we did.

à très bientôt

L x

16 March 2009

Market days

I love market days in France. It is a tradition that has been going some 700 years in this part of France and I love them as it is an excuse to meet up with friends and also buy some wonderful local fresh produce.

Yesterday we went to the market in Issigeac, the sun was shining and the market traders were out in force meaning that things are returning to normal. If it is grey a lot of traders do not show up so it means that the locals do not either so market days in the winter are rather grey whereas in the summer they are bright and sunny.

I thought that it maybe worthwhile posting details of market days in the area, we also include details in information folders at Maison de Poitiers & Maison No. 20 along ideas on what to see & do.

Places and days are as follows:


Monflanquin (juillet-septembre)
Sauveterre la Lémance

Villeréal (juillet-août)

Monflanquin + marché des producteurs



Monflanquin (juillet-août)

Also a previous guest has asked me for details of the events taking place as part of the celebrations for solistice and fete of St Jean Baptiste, it is a little early yet as most of the tourist offices will start publishing details next month so I will let you all know as soon as I hear of any deatils. It is a great time to be in France as each village holds a fete de la musique and they compete to see who can attrct the most people.

A bientot


10 March 2009

The Brocante/Vide Grenier season has started

My favourite time of the year has commenced...............

The brocante/vide grenier (empty attic or car boot) season has started again and we are looking forward to picking up some more lovely french items.

Below is a link to a document on the Villereal Office de Tourism website which contains all the dates for vide greniers/brocantes taking place in 2009.


For those of you who may not know the difference between a vide grenier and a brocante, the main difference is that at a brocante all the sellers are professional antique sellers whereas anyone can sell at a vide grenier hence the translation 'empty attic".

a la prochaine