Savouring the taste of ‘black diamonds’ at Sarlat Truffle Festival

Black and knobbly, the truffle doesn’t look like much. It’s only when you taste it that you understand why this strange-looking fungus is so revered.

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…

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…

’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…

Local walk: The arch at Gresignac

The arch at Gresignac is a popular spot for newly weds to have photos taken at. It’s not hard to see why – the ancient limestone ruin and the fabulous vistas make for a stunning backdrop. 

I wandered lonely as a cloud…

There may have been a grey sky this morning as I went about my daily wandering but that didn’t detract from the beauty of my route. All around the house, the fields are awash with yellow – the sunflowers are in full bloom and it is a glorious sight. The hedgerows are splashed with red…

Local walks: Bors-de-Montmoreau

Two sets of friends visiting over the Easter holidays gave us the excuse to take some time off, and to pack the weekend full of activities. Over four days we managed to cram in a dinner party for 10 people, the 15km walk to Champagne Fontaine, three meals out, stand-up paddle boarding (more on this…