We woke to a room that was fairly dark , as the chateau was shrouded in a heavy fog. A fog that was to be there every morning of our stay.
Opening the beautiful, big windows, I was greeted with a sight that merely alluded to the view that was to be revealed later in the day.
And as the fog started to lift, it was just so amazingly beautiful. Oh, how much I love this place!!! It is certainly a most stunning location. The village itself is nestled in front of enormous rock faces, facing the river Dordogne. Across the river, rolling green hills dotted with vineyards.
Our home for the week, the Chateau de la Malatrie sits in a commanding position on the village outskirts. During our stay there was a constant stream of tourists down on the road below the castle taking photos. We began to feel like quasi-royalty under the ever present eye of the paparazzi!
Chris took Erin and Miranda for an ealy morning walk to the Boulangerie where they bought croissants and pain au chocolat for us all. Yum 🙂 Here are Holly, Elissa, Miranda & Erin scoffing in to their breakfast at the big kitchen table.
And here is Declan back from a walk exploring the vegetable gardens with Shane.
And Holly, the fair maiden in the castle….
Following breakfast we all drove in convoy to the local town of Sarlat. Unfortunately we were a little late for the Sunday markets, but still enjoyed wandering around the narrow streets of this pictureque little town.
So many shops offering local delicacies, souvenirs and the like. Lots selling Pate de Foies Gras, something I was looking forward to having a taste of (without thinking of its origins). I loved the narrow cobblestone streets, quaint little houses, all the Frenchness really!
I was even lucky enough to stumble acroos a small gallery featuring an exhibition of works from the local Photographic Club.
We lunched on a long table at this outdoors restaurant, soaking up the atmosphere with some food and a glass or two of wine.
Little Miss Elissa, enjoying her book…
Declan tucks into a very French choice….Hamburger… and frites of course!
Miranda, looking oh so very Madeleine with her hair all specially cut for the trip!
Walking off our meal we came across this lady singing a tune. I must find the little video I took of this.
Elissa doing a spot of window shopping…
We returned to the Chateau, where the kids were quite keen to try out the pool. Icy cold by all accounts, though it didn’t seem to stop them. Or Kellie!
Miller proved herself to be quite the water baby! And how cute is she in the little spotty outfit????
And just to prove once again how beautiful this location is, here is a shot of the view upstream from the pool.
Mum and Dad offered to watch all of the children so us “big kids” could head in to the village. We found ourselves a table at the outdoor cafe and had a few quiet drinks. The Pina Coladas were horrible. Holly, Kellie and I have vowed to travel the world in search of the best Pina Colada. La Roque Gageac does not get our vote! If was a fun afternoon, but of course we had to head back to get the kids dinner and bed routine set in motion. Luckily it’s a 2 minute walk from the centre of the village to our chateau.
Here are two fairly terrible pics taken with the P&S on our walk back home. The first in particular shows the location of the chateau in relation to the village.
We all headed down into the kitchen garden with Jacques to collect eggs and vegetable for our meals. Once again excuse the quality of these shots, this little camera does not deal with tricky situations at all well (and has NO manual controls at all……why oh why was I such a cheapskate??)
The kids fed and into bed we headed into the dining room for another fine meal prepared for us by our hosts. This time it was fish in butter sauce followed by Creme Brulee. Magnifique! Dad gave us a little presentation of their trip prior to arriving here at the chateau which was very interesting. Poor dears spent a bit of time up in the Champagne area. Too bad. Luckily they brought lots of samples with them for us to taste 🙂