Saturday, 2 August 2008

Beaumont du Périgord

Today we took Ros and Lainey on a small road trip to visit a few local towns.  The main destination was the bastide of Beaumont, where Lainey and Ros' other sister Marj had stayed some years back. 
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Beaumont is a bastide town founded in 1272 by Edward I of England. It is actually very attractive but you could easily miss the best parts if you only ventured down the main street. There are numerous examples of great architecture and more than a few narrow passageways which the kids enjoyed. It was typical for English bastides to be well defended and you can still walk round the old ramparts.


Ange has asked me to put in a plug for Boutique Prudence: it is worth a detour to Beaumont just to visit this shop.  Not sure how to classify it, probably be best described as a specialist parfumeur/ lingerie/ florist/ gift store.  Prudence, the owner (originally Australian), imports her own line of knitted silk lingerie from Hong Kong (yes that was knitted?). 

Damn! It was hard to write that: far too much feminine detail,  for me anyway.  I didn't really see inside the shop myself but I took some nice pictures of the boys in the street outside (there were a number of cool displays). We had lots of time to kill while waiting for Ange :)


I would like to get back to walk around the ramparts. Parking off the main street is always at a premium, but if you venture around the back of town there is plenty available. There is also a small Stonehenge type structure called dolmen de blanc (les 'peyrelevades') near the town which we plan to visit next time.

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1 comment:

  1. Nice to find your blog! I was just googling for information about the South of France and found you. I've just returned from a trip there and have been blogging about it. If you're interested, you can my posts about the trip here. I think the trip you're taking with your family is amazing.

    I really like what you've done with your blog. Very organized. I didn't know Google Map even had the functions that you're using. I'm going to have to see if I can figure that out. I also like your formating for your photos. I've been blogging for a couple of years and have no idea how to get photos to be formatted to my preferred style. If you have a moment, could you give me the inside scoop on how you format your photos around your post? My e-mail address is bloggingwagon(at)hotmail(dot)com.

    Also, I was wondering if I could link to your blog in my post. My next post will feature our trip to Marqueyssac, Proumeyssac and canoeing on the Dordogne.

    Thanks! Hope to hear from you.