Travel diary: Dordogne Delights | EUROtoday

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This letter initially appeared in concern 200 of France Today journal.

My spouse and I bought our dream vacation house within the Plus Beau Village of Belvès, Dordogne, in 2019. Since then we now have had household and buddies go to us to share within the idyllic villages and châteaux close to us. We have even been recognized to take canoe journeys down the Dordogne river, stopping now and again to soak up the excellent fantastic thing about the place we reside (we nonetheless pinch ourselves at this time!).

We had been pleasantly stunned final yr to search out out my father, Malcolm Shedlow, wished to return to go to us. He was 90 final yr and he's by no means been overseas, or flown, in his life (other than one brief weekend when he gained a visit to Paris and glided by ferry – evidently he didn't depart the bogs on the ferry and by no means went again to Paris!). Malcolm Although hadn't taken to the skies earlier than, his first expertise with plane dates again 70 years to his service within the RAF. Malcolm contributed in direction of the peacetime conscription following World War II by finishing clerical duties throughout his National Service call-up. So, we had our daughter Jenny escort him on his maiden voyage from Leeds Bradford airport to Bergerac and organized help for him with Jet2, which I need to say had been glorious.

During the time he was with us we visited lovely villages comparable to Domme, Monpazier, Beynac and the medieval city of Sarlat. He even managed to study just a few French phrases to work together with the locals. As you may think about it didn't take him lengthy to fall in love with the Dordogne, a lot so he needs to return again this yr. What particular reminiscences all of us need to cherish of his journey and we're trying ahead to many extra!

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Carnet de Voyage: Dordogne Delights