Visiting the Dordogne
Périgueux is the capital town of the Dordogne region in France. I’ve been living in Périgueux for nearly six months now. So, I thought I’d let you know some of the best things to do here.
The most impressive landmark in Périgueux is the cathedral. It is a massive structure with five large domes which form its roof. It’s a great place for a selfie! Another must-see is the Vesunna museum. This museum explains the origins of the town from Gallo-Roman times and has a lot of amazing ancient artefacts. I highly recommend it! I also like the old ruins which you can find scattered around town. You can find the remains of a Roman amphitheatre in a park, old towers which formed the town’s ancient defences, and also the remnants of a medieval wall. You should definitely take a walk along the river, which is lovely on a sunny day. Be careful if you stroll into the maze of small, cobbled streets near the town centre – you could get lost! You will probably uncover a hidden café or restaurant where you can enjoy a French pastry or, if you’re really hungry, a three-course lunch meal. You’ll also find some nice pubs in the town square, where you can sit outside with a drink and watch the world go by.
In the summer, the Dordogne region is a hotspot for tourists. There are many other historic and beautiful places to visit in the area. Brantôme is a town known as the ‘Venice of the region’ due to its many beautiful bridges crossing the river. The town of Sarlat has remained unchanged for over 800 years. You can buy many local products there such as goose liver pâté, called foie gras, which is a speciality food. Bergerac is another well known town, noted for its excellent wine produce. The town of Montignac is famous due to the nearby Lascaux caves, which contains cave paintings created by people who lived over 17,000 years ago!
The Dordogne is a great region to visit, if you ever get the chance. Public transport is limited, so it is best if you have a car to explore. I’m lucky that I’ve been able to get around by bus and train during my stay here, to see the highlights of the area.