Again I travel to Spain with my friend Ursula. It is end of April 2019. After having shared a traditional Raclette with friends in Monthey, we leave early in the morning, drive to Geneva, leave Lyon and Clermont-Ferrand behind us, follow the signs to Bordeaux and around 4pm we arrive in the charming medieval village Donzenac. One of the medieval houses is the hotel Lagamade, where we have reserved a room for one nght. It is a very cosy hotel with wall paper in bright blue, all tastefullly decorated.
The small medieval City (about 2000 inhabitants) has existed since the 8th century. It is perched on two hills or “puy”.
This is the market square with the fountain decorated for Easter.
On the market square women used to wash their laundry in the laundry house (to the left).
From the market square this gate leads into the one of the two city centers perched on two hills.
The streets are narrow. Cars are permitted, but not everywhere…
In the 17th century, a former house has been reconstructed to become the chapel of the penitents. Saint John the Baptist stands above the entrance holding the agnus dei (sheep) in his arms.
On the second hill, we find this house from the 13th century that has been carefully restored.
Not far from here, we look back to the first hill with its castle, now a beautiful mansion with a Tower. You cannot visit it, people live here.
Donzenac is full of live, with children, play grounds and kindergardens around the townhall, cosy corners and well kept gardens.
We have a light dinner in our hotel Lagamade – I discover that poultry stomach on salad is delicious (a specialty here). I wrap up the evening with a vieille prune du Périgord (old plum). We are very happy with our first day traveling.
I love the small country towns and villages of France – and I keep on discovering more small gems beyond the beaten tracks.