We are LGBT-friendly

We signed up to Misterb&b this morning – the gay-friendly rental service that is similar to Airb&b. Misterb&b was launched in 2014 after its co-founder Matthieu Jost had had several uncomfortable experiences renting accommodation where the owners had not been very welcoming. It provides gay men with a list of places that are accepting of…

Local Top 3: restaurants

First up in our new “Local Top 3” series has to be food-related. After all, we are in France – cuisine is so ingrained in its culture that in 2010 French gastronomy was added by UNESCO to its list of world’s intangible cultural heritage. Visit our part of the world and you are undoubtedly going…

Why you should make a trip to the Dordogne in 2018

New year, new you, new goals… Usually ‘travel more’ is top of my list of things to do. That and lose weight, obviously! (As it is every year, she says, with a sigh). I have a big long list of countries that I want to visit, which I have been slowly ticking off over the…

Christmas trees: expectation v reality

“I know. Let’s use the tree out of the garden as our Christmas tree this year,” suggested the hubby. I was not overly keen on the idea. It was a lovely tree. Once. I think. But these days, it was, well, looking a little bit sorry for itself. Due to its position, it only ever…

Sarlat casts a magical spell but the Christmas market is a damp squib

Sarlat Christmas Market has everything you would expect: little wooden huts selling gifts for that special someone; open air ice rink; a Christmas tree; mulled wine and hot chocolate to warm the hands on a crisp winter’s day… The one thing it was lacking was customers.

What’s on in December

From photography and art exhibitions, to literary events and a Festival of Light, there is lots to keep you entertained in the lead up to Christmas De la photographie et des expositions d’art, aux événements littéraires et au Festival de la lumière, il y a beaucoup de choses à vous divertir avant Noël. For details…

A massive, determined action

The path to success is to take massive, determined actions. Or at least that is what Tony Robbins, the world-leading psychologist and business strategist says. We figure he knows a thing or to, so it was with his words in mind that this week we started work on the biggest project we’ve ever undertaken –…

’tis the season to be jolly – and to enjoy the Christmas markets

The nights are drawing in, temperatures are falling fast and Brexit is causing untold worries. Which makes it precisely the time to forget about your troubles, get your mitts around a warm glass of mulled wine and enjoy some festive cheer at one of the Dordogne’s many Christmas markets. One of the biggest and most…

Five things to do in Bourdeilles

There is no shortage of quintessential French villages around our quiet corner of the Dordogne. The small medieval town of Bourdeilles is one of them. Located on the edge of the river Dronne, it’s a lovely spot to while a way a few hours. Here’s five suggestions of things to do: Go back in time…

One man’s junk is another’s treasure

Rummaging around antiques markets on a Sunday morning is a much-loved past time here in rural France. The first Sunday of every month is Verteillac vide grenier, a local institution that sees an eclectic mix of stalls lining the streets, and plenty of punters eager to find some bargains – and enjoy a tipple in…