Saturday, April 19, 2014

Cycling the Dordogne Day 2

The ride today was a loop originating from Belves and is known as the castles loop. 

The highlight of the day was visiting an enormous 13th century medieval castle called Chateau de Castelnaud set atop a majestic rocky outcrop overlooking the river.  It featured lots of historic displays of weaponry and what life was like back then.  It would have been easy to spend more time here. 

We had picked up bread and cheese in Daglan, a beautifully restored medieval village and enjoyed lunch on the riverbank with the castle watching over us from above.  We then followed a gorgeous country road next to the river until we reached Chateau des Milandes.  It was just so quiet and picturesque, cycling on these roads is an absolute pleasure. 

We arrived back in Belves in full sunshine and enjoyed gelato in the town square, Sarah had Honey (miel) and Walnut (noir) and I had Pistache and Lemon (citron).  Very well deserved by Sarah who completed another 70+ km today and rode up every hill unassisted!  So proud of my girl!

We are adding to our French vocab daily and are enjoying the few short stilted conversations with the very friendly locals.  Here are a few more pics from today.

Contender for a pink jersey I'd say

Dordogne River

Chateau de Castelnaud

Crossbows seem to be the weapon of choice

Chateau des Milandes

Quaint laneway of shops in Belves

Belves town square

Just being silly

Coffee in Daglan


The Castle

This knight was a very large knight indeed

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