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travellingglutenfree Says: A ruined Abbey, a 2km walk or cycle from the centre of Villars. The remote walk up to it is beautiful - fields of wild flowers and crops. All the way you can hear the grasshoppers in the fields. Once you get there you can walk around the ruins and see the structures of the...
travellingglutenfree Says: The Chateau de Bourdeilles is two castles built in different periods. There is a mediaeval fortress (13th-14th century) in which you can climb the tower to get beautiful views of the surrounding area, and also there is the Renaissance palace (16th century) which has ornately...
travellingglutenfree Says: A network of underground caves, containing stalactites, stalagmites, calcite formations and also prehistoric cave paintings.You are taken on a guided tour (given in French and English) through the cave system and various points of interest are pointed out along the way.There...
Porcelain is widely available in Limoges. Look for these "Maison de la Porcelaine". The one shown below even had a small display of historic pieces produced for famous people and royalty.
What to buy: Look for the more rarer pieces. See my Quimper page for what I am referring to.
What to pay: Less than at department stores in town but you have to transport it home!
Written Apr 6, 2007
While we explored the city of Limoges, we left our clothes to be washed at a local cleaners/laundry. The proprietor did not speak English at all and we couldn't speak much French. Our instructions were mostly with hand signals, but we assumed he knew what we wanted - wrong! My son Dan went to pick up the laundry while I was checking out our schedule at the train station. I stopped back at the laundry to see why Dan was taking so long. Our clothes (including socks and underwear) were still wet, but well pressed and the owner wanted $150 USD for his work. Dan and I were in a state of disbelief over what was happening. We finally settled on $50 for our clothes - we needed our clothes.
As we headed into the interior of France, less and less people spoke English which does make for some interesting and costly adventures, like our adventure in Souillac.
Updated Jun 25, 2004
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfy shoes as a lot of places require plenty of walking around.
Clothes for all weather. The week we stayed we had 2 days of rain, 2 cold but dry days, and 2 days that were above 30 degrees celsius.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun tan lotion, along with basic first aid kit
Photo Equipment: Camera, spare batteries and battery charger.
Miscellaneous: French phrasebook! Especially in the more remote and less touristy villages - do not expect everyone to speak English. At the least a basic knowledge of French is essential.
Plug adapter if travelling from the UK
Written Jun 2, 2007