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We came across the Blanche Hermione while wandering through the vielle ville (old town) of Bergerac, but I remembered the name from the Rough Guide. It is superb ~ a cozy, intimate atmosphere, very welcoming and attentive waiter/owner, and terrific food at decent prices.
Favorite Dish: We had salads and a Middle Eastern plate with hummous, tzaziki and pitas. We shared a sweet Monbazillac wine. . .everything was delicious. It was pretty inexpensive and light food (especially compared to the cream-heavy dishes that are the norm).
Updated Mar 15, 2003
Address: Place du Marche-Couvert
Sorry about the spelling not to sure if I am right or not.............. anyway we spent a couple of hours sat watching the local men in the park playing their national game, very much the same as the English game of Bowls but slightly different, both played with extreme earnest.
If you look closely at the picture you can see where the trees have been worn away at the base of the trunks by constants hitting from the "bowls"
Updated Jun 18, 2006
This is simply a warning of a potential tourist trap: Bergerac has no connection with Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac. So, if you're doing a literary tour of France. . .or if you're a fan of Rostand and are hoping to find a museum in his honour, you'll be sorely disappointed.
Unique Suggestions: The real life Savinien de Cyrano, on whom the character was loosely based, took "de Bergerac" as part of his airs. The town has happily adopted him as a lost son. . .but truthfully the statue in la Place de la Mirpe is the only sign of Cyrano to be seen.
Fun Alternatives: Enjoy the town for what it is. . .a lovely place filled with neat architecture, a couple of good museums and a number of beautiful squares in which to sit and relax.
Written Apr 30, 2003