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Medieval Towns in France


I love Europe for the castles and cathedrals. Don’t love that everything’s expensive. So, Europe is a continent not oft visited by me. But my wife and I tripped to France a couple of times. For this bit in 2008 we stayed in a lovely French villa in Sarlat-la-Canéda.


Slideshow, Sarlat, tap for the BIG picture


There’s medieval stuff everywhere in this picturesque little town! Big props to France for preserving everything so well. In rural America, you might find and old church and then there’s the ugly Walmart. Here you can stroll the cobblestoned streets in twisty alleys with the brickwork over 500 years old.


Slideshow, Sarlat, tap for the BIG picture


There were forays made to other villages, like Beynac-et-Cazenac. Morning fog creeped along the river and around the old buildings, making everything atmospheric and photogenic. One of those lucky travel moments.


Slideshow, Beynac, tap for the BIG picture


We toured castles and cathedrals and it was a blast.


Slideshow, Beynac, tap for the BIG picture


There was one hitch on this trip. Back then the GPS in our rental car was a sole-purpose unit, and the tech wasn’t fully mature. The thing told me to take a turn down a very narrow “road” and the buildings kept drawing closer and closer until it was too slim for the car to slip through. It wasn’t a road, but a pedestrian way. And in my efforts to back out I seriously dinged up the bumper. Oof. When returning the car in Paris a week later, I caked mud over the damage, hoping to not have to deal with this business at the moment. I mean, it’s embarrassing. Just send me the bill. What was infinitely more embarrassing was the German dude who checked us in. He kicked the mud off and gave me a withering glare.


A glare that I can still feel to this day.



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