Le Bugue, pop. 2500, is just 15 miles west of Sarlat. It was a town I had heard of, and I remembered it because the name is so distinctive. An American woman I interacted with on a forum for francophiles back in the 1990s had bought a house near Le Bugue. I was glad to go and see the town in 2006.
The famous Grotte de Lascaux, with its prehistoric paintings, was discovered in 1940 just a short drive northeast of Le Bugue in the town of Montignac, which, like Le Bugue, is on the Vézère river, a tributary of the Dordogne. On the way to Montignac or back, you can visit the Musée National de Préhistoire.
Le Bugue looks pretty big for a small town. It is too bad this nice classical house on the third photo is disfigured by all those signs.ReplyDelete
On the first photo, I wonder if the little boy in the red shirt is fishing.
I looked at the original photo again and I can't tell what that boy was doing. Maybe just looking out across the water.Delete
We went to the bakery in le Bugue when we stayed at Mellen's place. When we lived by the coast in Georgia we often saw people fishing also crabbing from low bridges. We bought a trap and caught a flounder once along with some shrimp in addition to crab. Those were the days.Delete
I’m sure I remember Mellon from the old days of Fodors. She was very helpful to people wanting advice about this part of France.Delete
Darn auto correct. Mellen not Mellon.Delete
Betty Ann, did you also participate on the AOL Francophile forum? It was so much fun except for Lauren, the troll. I think Mellen is still on Fodor's and she lives full Time in the Dordogne now.Delete
Evelyn, no, I wasn’t on the AOL forum but I’m sure I would have enjoyed it. Was Mellen’s Fodor’s name Cigale (sp) or am I thinking of someone else? Btw, my favorite aunt’s name is Evelyn and even if it weren’t, I love the name. :)Delete
Cigale was the name a friend of ours — Evelyn's and mine — named Mimi used on francophile forums. Or "CigaleChanta" in the full form. She lives in Boston. Mimi and her husband Jerry visited us here in Saint-Aignan many years ago. He passed away soon after and Mimi stopped traveling, I believe. I haven't heard from her in a while.Delete
Thanks, Ken. I wondered after I posted if Cigale was Mimi Taylor rather than Mellen. She, Mimi, was also a very good person on Fodor’s, and may still be. She posts regularly on FB.Delete
More good scenic stuff :)ReplyDelete
I can take lots more of this. Thanks.ReplyDelete
Lascaux is something I've always wanted to see, but never have. Don't know if it's even possible to go in the caves anymore. Very nice looking town...I'd gladly stay at Le Cygne.ReplyDelete
Hi D. It's a Logis de France, so it should be good.Delete
I think I've read that the original caves are closed because too much human traffic was damaging them, but there are replicas. Not sure if you have to go underground for those.Delete
Thanks chm and Emm! I checked out the web site and reviews of Le Cygne. Looks like they have a pretty good chef.Delete
Yes, only copies of Lascaux underground now. I went in the first copy back in 1992, I believe there are 2 now and a third is being prepared. The copies are done with gurneys and cameras so almost 100% match to the original. Very interesting.Delete
Thanks for that comment, Mary. I actually haven't been to see Lascaux and it's good to have your first-hand information.Delete
L'Hôtel Royal Vézère dans la photo #5 semble énorme pour une aussi petite agglomération, mais se justifie probablement en raison de l'afflux des touristes venant visiter les sites préhistoriques de la région..ReplyDelete