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Report 2025: Airplanes, Roses, Poppies, Caves, Bridges and Paradise

By Anastasia from Canada, Summer 2012

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Page 17 of 24: Canoeing on the Dordogne, and More Caves

photo by my husband

Canoeing on the Dordogne

We spent Saturday morning at Sarlat market. I purchased a chicken, sausages, foie gras. They are bigger and more expensive in Sarlat. Sunday was St-Cyprien market with delicious chicken, tapenade and tartelettes. We spent a leisurely day back at our campsite.

On Monday we drove to Vezac in the morning and rented a canoe from Copeyre. The weather was nice and it is so much fun. The views are spectacular along the Dordogne. Until Beynac it is a two hour promenade, but we did it in 3.5 hours at a more leisurely pace. Gabares have priority on the river, and they move fast and on both sides. So at times we had to row from one side to another to avoid them. This was a really pleasant activity. The rental company bus picked us up as specified from Beynac.

Next day we drove to St Cirq Lapopie. Once more the GPS was bringing us by very small roads. We avoided a couple of them because they were too small. The views were spectacular and the weather very nice. We then decided to drive back and have a lunch at la Table du Marais, close to our camping. We were stopped by two policemen close to Grolegeac. My husband thought we would be getting a ticket. However we weren’t driving that fast. The policemen asked where we were going, and my husband answered to our campground. There are hundreds of campgrounds, and so it was like a joke, so we specified to Carsac. They just closed the road because of an accident, and showed us to a detour.

When we arrived to the restaurant they still had places at the shaded terrace. All African style gazebos were reserved. We were installed at the terrace and had a pleasant meal. My duck confit was a bit dry, and we weren’t served the mains at the same time, but other than that the place itself and the food were pleasant. Refer to my blog for review and pictures.

Next morning we drove to the grotte des Maxanges for very nice flower like crystallization. Stopped on the way back at St Cyprien supermarket for some groceries and to buy gasoil.

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