I am desperate to finish telling you about our lovely June trip to the Dordogne, it’s just finding the time amongst everything else in life.  As you may have seen, I also like to share details rather than just lots of pictures – just in case you are here viewing this post because you too are planning a trip to the Dordogne and want some tips from someone who’s been and explored.

Beynac, Dordogne

Last time I left off we had just been to the Sarlat market and passed through La Roque Gageac.  After this we headed along the river to Beynac, which we much preferred and found a lovely little restaurant for a very relaxed lunch. This place is just so pretty, the sand coloured stone buildings, the flowers and vines that sprout from tiny patches of soil – it is storybook lovely.

Beynac restaurant

Beynac streets

Dordogne architecture

We sat outside on a covered terrace, eating a tasty lunch and watching the world pass by.

French beer

Mr Rigg ate fish soup with aioli and Gruyere, and a confit duck leg with lentils…

French fish soup with aioli

Confit duck leg and lentils

I had gazpacho with a pepper garnish, and for my main filo wrapped parcels of goat’s cheese and bacon…

Gazpacho soup

Filo goats cheese parcels

For dessert we shared this rather good looking millefeuille of cream and strawberries (after we saw the couple next to us eating it) – it was like heaven on a plate.  So light, so crisp, so flaky, so creamy, and bursting with sweet strawberries.  I am not a dessert person (unless it involves unadulterated chocolate), but in France I am totally a dessert person.

French strawberries and cream dessert

As we thought about leaving, the heaven’s opened in an utterly torrential downpour.

Beynac in the rain

So we sat back down and ordered a coffee to sit out the rain – don’t you love it when they come with a little unexpected sweet treat?

French coffee

The rain storm went as quickly as it had come.  Whilst eating lunch we had watched lots of people in search of something  it turned out there was a castle at the top of Beynac, so we went in search of it too.  It was definitely worth the hike up the narrow steep streets – I think they were actually my favourite bit, but the view was pretty spectacular too.

Beynac streets



Beynac castle

This was the view at the top…stunning isn’t it?

View from Beynac castle

And just to prove there is a real person writing this blog 🙂


And a few of the irresistible details on the way down again…the roses!

View from Beynac castle

The small but beautiful details on buildings…

Dordogne house

The pale blue shutters…

Dordogne house with blue shutters

Beautiful curved roofs and lanterns…

Curved French roof

Quirky houses squeezed in small spaces…

Beynac house

I was hoping to squeeze in the Gardens of Marqueyssac, but I think they are too lovely just to squeeze on the end, so I will save them for another day.

You can read more of our travels in the Dordogne in part 1, part 2 and part 3.