Tuesday, 18 June 2013
"Drinking in" the Dordogne
What could be better than driving down the pastoral counryside of the Dordogne? If the whole scene could be slowed down and savored, kayaking one of its beautiful rivers is the way to do it. The canoe company we used, Canoë Safaraid, was located in the charming tiny town of St. Léon-sur-Vézère. The friendly 'responsables' had just received an electronic guide in English that describes the beautiful chateaux and bridges we were passing. The 'guide' would geo-locate our position, and automatically begin a description when we neared an interesting spot. So we'd float (my preferred method) or paddle (my son's preference) down the Vézère listening to tales of century-old landmarks in a British accent. Being American, it really does feel more magical to be listening to these counts this way. It somehow ups the pleasure factor. Just when the Dordogne region couldn't get any better, it did.