Thursday, September 25, 2014

Domme, Bastide Royale and Chateau de Commarque

Gentle Friends, today we continue on win a lovely cliff side town, a church, lunch and end with a super Chateau ruin.restoration.
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There are many lovely towns/villages all over Aquitaine region, many of them are members of the "La Plus Beaux de Villages de France."   This is an independent association created in 1982, that promotes small and picturesque French villages of quality heritage.  As of 2008 there were 152 villages that have this label.  Domme is certainly a worthy addition to the group.

Founded in 1281 by Phillip the Bold, Domme is 250 meteres above sea level on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Dordogne river.  The city is laid out in a trapezoid plan, it is a bastide (fortified medieval town) which adapted to the terrain - and is quite different than the typical rectangular city plan typical of most bastides.

After parking we walked through the village up to cliff side park.......

,,, from Domme, Jaques de Maleville was a Jurist, politician and helped to write the Civil Code of France.

.....there was an outcrop that I could take a snap of the cliff looking back at the park, and bust of Maleville....

.... looking out over the Dordogne and valley......

..... this is the main church of Domme, Our Lady of the Assumption.....










... this "Liberty tree" was in front of the Office of tourism, and we saw them all over the region everywhere, they were originally May Poles, that during the Revolution changed meaning.....

... one of the dozens of shots I got of a typical street in one of these "beautiful Villages."  This was taken in Domme.  What a great old house to live in!!
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On our way headed to lunch we stopped at a great Romanesque church......

L'eglise de Cenac et St Julien, this is the church of Ste Marie......

... beautifully pain and clean looking with a soaring pointed arch ceiling.....

.....  the windows are 19th century, but the stone work is ancient......  after this quick stop we got back on the road to Castlenaud le Chapelle .......

... here is a shot of the Chateau, we did not visit......  but stopped at a great restaurant called....

Les Tilleuls... we ate outside in this garden space.....


.... my lunch with a great beer..... and a shot of the menu... I had pommes frites instead of sarladaise..... and we had a lunch companion.....

..... he enjoyed the duck also, I'm a total sucker for a cute kitty!!
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From lunch we went on to.....

......  this Chateau was located far off the road.  You park your car and walk for about 600 meters to the site....  passing signs like this....


....  and it was a hike downhill on the dirt path you see behind the sign, a "boucle" is a walking path or trail in the woods.....

... once you clear the woods you see the massive Chateau de Commarque......

... I took this shot from under a tree, across the fields looking up at the bulk of the Chateau...

... you climb up and the first building you come to is the chapel....

... we were given guide books and this map was in mine of the site, showing the buildings and paths you can climb.  It is a huge place and took the better part of the afternoon to see.....  more snaps.....




... this is the Chateau (privately owned) that is across the valley that with Commarque, protected this area.  The dark place under the trees at the edge of the field is were I got the shot of the Chateau 5 snaps back......





... this was once the great hall of the Chateau....


..... It was a great place to visit, but you have to be able to climb and walk quite a bit to visit this Chateau.  I'll leave off there for today.  Stop back in tomorrow for a little something special!

Take care,
edgar

13 comments:

needlenurse said...

Another lovely day! I'm looking forward to something special tomorrow! Thank you so much for doing this. It is like someone said yesterday....you are taking us somewhere most of us will never get to visit in person.

Paula

diamondc said...

Dearest Edgar: How positively beautiful and romantic, I love the fact that they are keeping the ol buildings, not tearing down and building new.
Thank-you so much for sharing such a beautiful vacation with us.
My Husbands family is from France I am going to have to do a little research.

Hugs and blessings
Catherine

Frances N said...

What gorgeous photos from your lovely trip! You only forgot one thing...and that was to take ME with you! What a beautiful area!! And since I'm a "cat person" it's great to see that you made a kitty friend! Looks like you've got some marvelous memories!

Brenda A said...

What lovely pictures! It makes me want to go back to France... someday :)

Terri said...

Great pictures! I'm really enjoying your travels!!

Mary said...

You do such nice commentary, and photos. Love the blue eyes on the cat. I am is pushed more of a cat person.

Nancy said...

If you ever decided to move to France you would make an excellent tour guide!

Laura said...

Seeing and hearing about your trip makes me even more determined to get to France some day - ancestral town of Etampes. Again, thank you so much for sharing your journey!!

Laura

Shelly said...

Chateau de Commarque is very impressive and looks very old! I couldn't say no to that kitty either. Looks beautiful there. Can't wait for the special post!

Barb said...

I am so loving this. Each day seems to get more fascinating and beautiful!

cucki said...

wow great pictures..i love them so much.
sweet hugs x

Carolyn said...

Oh my, what beautiful pictures, feel as tho I'm right there! Thanks for sharing.

Margaret said...

So amazingly beautiful! And something that always strikes me is the antiquity of everything in the old country compared to the US. Love seeing everything!