When the view through your windscreen evolves into rows of grapevines interspersed with fields of sunflowers and orchards of plum trees, punctuated by the odd medieval bastide, you know you’ve reached the Perigord region of France.
France is one of the most visited countries in Europe and August is their peak holiday season. However, it’s not difficult to cut into a side street in one of their little market towns, pop into a forest for a walk, or wander through the rural backwaters to still enjoy some of the chic decadence and sheer tranquillity that this area has to offer.
This holiday was a restful one for us and much time was spent at the gite reading and generally languishing around the pool. That said we did take a little time out to explore. Here are my highlights: