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Report 1947: The Dordogne

By Winnick from Texas, Spring 2011

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Page 17 of 19: June 29 - St.Antonin Val Noble, Toulouse, and Home

photo by Mike Winnick

St. Antonin Val Noble

This was our final day before we start our flights home. While we were sad to see our France vacation end all too quickly, we felt very fortunate to have had spectacular weather and to have seen some incredible sites.

We left Sarlat this morning at 10am to cloudy cool weather. We drove through fog and clouds as we worked our way through the Tarn de Gorges en route to the medieval city of St Antonin Val Noble. This was another gorgeous medieval town with timbered homes from the 12C. We walked the town for about an hour and then left for Toulouse.

We arrived back in Toulouse about 3pm and it seemed like ages ago since we were here. We've seen and done so much, we lost track of what we saw here. We decided to take the tourist train around the city and realized that all the sites on the tour we had seen on our walking tour almost three weeks ago. It was good to relax and let someone else do the driving though.

It was amazing how many people were wandering the streets and shopping. This is the second largest city in France and has many beautiful buildings and the largest cathedral in France. After our tour of the city by train, we walked around the major tourist areas and stopped for dinner again on Place Wilson. We decided to have an Italian meal; after three weeks of rich French food of duck and foie gras, we were ready for a change and looking forward to great Mexican food this weekend. Meanwhile, another great meal that we needed to walk off.

It's always a sad day, the last day of a trip, packing, knowing that tomorrow will be back to reality. But none of that can lessen the great time we had, the amazing sights, the great food, the canoe trip and the daily peacefulness of waking up with nothing to do but spend a leisurely day soaking up the uniqueness of a foreign land and culture.

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