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On our way to Sarlat we stopped for a picnic in the very small town of Montemart. It's been while since we've been on a picnic...a lot of fun.

Our second stop, at Oradour sur Glance, was very disturbing. More about that below.

On to our hotel and dinner together at the Le Regent Restaurant (up stairs over looking the Place de la Libert).

Day two started with a visit to the Cave of Rouffignac. The pictures below only cover the entrance and the pictures is the gift shop.

Lunch followed at Les Eyzies de Tayac, home of the Cro-Magnon man statue which has become the focus of the town.

After lunch we were dropped off new the Chateau de Beynac. It's located high of the valley of the Dordogne River. After walking down from the Chateau, we canoed from Cenac to Beynac.

We finished the day with dinner at Brasserie le Glacier (also on the Place de la Libert).

The last day in Sarlat (Saturday) is market day. From one end of the main street to the other (about 1/4 of a mile).

June 18th - Tour Day 5

June 19th - Tour Day 6

June 20th - Tour Day 7
Daily Itinerary
Luzern Engelberg Lugano Murren Lausanne Bern
•  Canoeing the Dordogne
•  Cave of Rouffignac
•  Local Wedding
•  Oradour-sur-Glane - I - The
•  Oradour-sur-Glane - II - The
•  Oradour-sur-Glane - III - The
•  Sarlat Market

•  Brasserie le Glacier (Day 1)
•  Brasserie le Glacier (Day 2)
•  ET 1001 Sandwich
•  Lunch in Mortemart

•  Hotel Montaigne


We boarded the canoes in Cenac and disembarked near Beynac. A beautiful way to see the Dordogne and have a relaxing time on a wonderful afternoon.

Boarding the canoes
Canoe Livery

On the river
Canoe Livery

Lois and Barry getting underway
Canoe Livery

On the river looking up at the Chateau de Beynac
Canoe Livery

At the end near Beynac
Canoe Livery

Nancy and Francis unloading with Ruth and Jim next
Canoe Livery
Canoeing the Dordogne
Le Port de Domme
24250 Cenac
Tel: 05 53 28 22 01

From Wikipedia: The Rouffignac cave, situated within the French commune of Rouffignac-Saint-Cernin-de-Reilhac in the Dordogne département, contains over 250 engravings and cave paintings dating back to the Upper Paleolithic.

You're not allowed to take pictures inside the cave so these are some being sold in the lobby.

Photos of the contents

Photos of the contents

Photo of the contents

Photo of the contents
Cave of Rouffignac
24580 Rouffignac Saint Cernin
Tel: +33 5 53 05 41 71

We have run across a lot of weddings on our tours. Sarlat isn't an exception.

Gathering the children

Here comes the bride

Almost to the church
Local Wedding

From Wikipedia: On 10 June 1944, the village of Oradour-sur-Glane in Haute-Vienne in then Nazi-occupied France was destroyed, when 642 of its inhabitants, including women and children, were massacred by a NaziWaffen-SS company. A new village was built nearby after the war, but French president Charles de Gaulle ordered the original maintained as a permanent memorial and museum.

We spent several hours visiting Oradour-sur-Glane. As we entered the town there is a sign asking for silence as you tour. It is, after all, a memorial.

The first part of the town is ominous. The buildings and their content have been left as they were in 1944. Cars are rusting in place. Several building even have personal items such as sewing machines, tricycles and tables untouched for 60+ years. The pictures in this section are a sample of what we saw.

​There are a number of website that give further information. One I found isn't fancy but has a lot of the details and a ton of pictures...http://www.oradour.info/

One very sad and final note. The people responsible for this atrocity were never punished!

Reminding us that this is a living memorial

Equipment left untouched

Looking back from the church

Inside the church

The main alter

A side alter

Melted bell with the clanger infused

Fabric shop

Cars just waiting for a driver
Oradour-sur-Glane - I - The Ruins

The thing that hit the hardest was the cemetary where the people murdered are not just names. Display upon display with the same date of death and PICTURES of those lost. How could something so evil have happened?

Pictures of children

A family that died

Three of the Lamige children 15, 7 & 6

Memorial to the Milord family
Oradour-sur-Glane - III - The Cemetary

Market Day is spectacular. The market stretched from one end of Old Town to the other. Food (both for future use and to eat immediately) was everywhere. There are also a good selection of local products. We took more than 3 hours to go from one end to the other and back again. Okay, that included lunch, but it is one heck of big market.

Start of the Saturday market


Clothing and more

Not even half way through

Inside the `church`

Fresh and a lot of choices

Candy by the slice...YUM!

And then we had lunch

Walking back to our hotel
Sarlat Market

The Crypt is a collections of items recovered in the days immediately following the massacre. There is a central feature is the start of the displays. The remaining displays are in small alcoves on the outside walls.

It was originally intended that the crypt was to house remains of the people murdered. It was later decided to turn it instead into a memorial and museum.

The final picture is of a portion ​of the list of the people murdered. The person's age follows their name. To bring home a tiny piece of the terror, note the Texier family. Their 8 DAY OLD baby had not even yet been given a name!

Every day item melted and fused
Inside the crypt

Spoons and cups
Inside the crypt

Scissors and thimbles
Inside the crypt

Linda next to a display
Inside the crypt

Inside the crypt

Linda (Blue left), Ruth and Francis in the Lobby
Inside the crypt

An the children...
Inside the crypt

A portions of the list of people murdered
Inside the crypt
Oradour-sur-Glane - II - The Crypt

Dinner after a long day

A good place to eat

Brasserie le Glacier (Day 1)
9 Rue de la Liberte
24200 Sarlat-la-Caneda
Tel: +33 5 53 29 99 99

Yup we ate at the same place the second night as well.

A bunch from our group

Jim and Ruth were there also

Nancy and Francis about to dig in


Oaky...us as well

Jan and Jack as well

More of our group
Brasserie le Glacier (Day 2)
9 Rue de la Liverte
24200 Sarlat-la-CAneda
Tel: +33 5 53 29 99 99

Local restaurant and cafe

We had lunch at the 1001 Sandwiches after walking around the town. Small and quaint with a really neat statue looking over it all.

Cro Magnon man status

The main street

Info about Cro-Magnon man statue

Street Advertising

Street Advertising - Du Foie Gras

Street Advertising - Another Foie Gras

ET 1001 Sandwich
1 Chemin Sept Freres
24620 Les Eyzies de Tayac Sireuil
Tel: 05 53 05 29 17

Figuring out the measurements

Good food and fine furniture

Eating full blast

Beautiful local flora

And the fauna
We were traveling a long way to Sarlat and the afternoon was going to be disturbing so we stopped for for a picnic in the very small town of Mortemart. Basically, a single street, a market square, a tiny park, good food and good friends.
Lunch in Mortemart

Our room

Our room

Our room (final view)

Out our window looking toward the market

Front Entrance

Front Facade

Hotel Montaigne
2 Place Pasteur
24200 Sarlat
Tel: +335.
FAX: +335.