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    Cesar Tower in Turenne
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    Donjon Tower
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Turenne Things to Do

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    by Herkbert Written Jul 1, 2014

    The Collegiale Church of Notre-Dame Saint-Pantaléon was built in the 17th century between 1660 and 1680. It is a fairly large church for what seems to be a small town.

    The one item that will get your attention is the beautiful altar-piece.

    Do stop in for services or to just take a look. There is a coin box in the back corner that will illuminate the church for a few minutes for 2 euros.

    Collegiale Church of Notre-Dame Collegiale Church of Notre-Dame Collegiale Church of Notre-Dame altar-piece
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    by Herkbert Written Jul 1, 2014

    A walk up the narrow, steep, winding road in Turenne will reward you with a visit to the Chateau de Turenne. The Chateau dates back to the 12th century. It was the seat of power for hundreds of years until ultimately brought down by the royals.

    The main part of the buiding, dismantled by LouisXV who had just bought it from the indebted Charles Godefroy - Duke of Bouillon and Viscount of Turenne, is now a beautiful and flowery French garden together with English and exotic plantings. At either end stand the towers - the Cesar Tower and the Donjon Tower.

    From high above the village, it provides beautiful views of the surrounding area over the roof tops of the houses. You can climb to the top of the Cesar Tower for even better views. The spiral stone staircase is worn from the years, so do be careful as you make your way up.

    Entrance was 4.80 Euros.

    View to the Chateau and towers of Turenne In the guard's quarters A view to the valley Cesar Tower Donjon Tower
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    by Herkbert Written Jul 1, 2014

    Like most of the small villages in the region, Turenne is made up of many narrow passages with nice houses, gardens a church and the main square. Walk the streets, stop for a quick bite or a cool beverage and enjoy the views,

    Turenne will not tire you out with tourist shops and souvenirs. In fact, there are only a few shops in the village.

    Little shop in the square Well maintained houses Cafe at the entrance to Turenne
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Turenne Restaurants

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    by Herkbert Written Jul 1, 2014

    Maison des Chanoines is a hotel with this wonderful restaurant run by the Cheyroux family. We ate there twice during our stay in Turenne. The first evening we arrived without a reservation and Mme Cheyroux welcomed us in to the charming restaurant. Located in a vaulted room that looks like it could have been a wine cellar. Simple but nice decor, delicious food, good wine and very reasonable prices. It was a terrific experience.

    On our second visitation, we had a reservation and it was a good thing as the restaurant filled up. I think it is a combination of locals and people staying at the hotel. We were celebrating an anniversary and had a wonderful meal and evening.

    The chef is M Cheyroux and everything was delicious and nicely presented. The 38 Euro menu provides an entre, plat and dessert. We all chose something different each time there and everyone enjoyed their meals. In addition, there is a good selection of wines that paired well with the meals and were nicely priced.

    We would highly recommend a meal at the Maison des Chanoines.

    Maison des Chanoines Cozy dining room
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    by Herkbert Updated Jun 15, 2014

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    After a long day of driving, we were trying to figure out where to stop for a bite to eat. As we approached Turenne, we saw the pizza truck parked along the side of the road. How's that for a coincidence?

    The pizzas are all made to order. You place your order and, in our case, we waited in the car for our pizza to be made. When it was ready, the woman waved us over and home we went with fresh, hot pizza.

    It only takes about twenty minutes to get your pizza and the cost is about 12 Euro.

    I think it may only be on Friday evenings, but we went before the high season.

    Pizza truck in Turenne
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