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The Most Beautiful Villages of the Dordogne by James Bentley

The Most Beautiful Villages of the Dordogne by James Bentley

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The Most Beautiful Villages of the Dordogne

by James Bentley

photography by Hugh Palmer

Thames and Hudson, 1996, ISBN 0500542015, full colour photographs throughout, photographic introductory pages, large format hardcover, dustjacket

Near Fine Condition, minor edge and shelf wear, minor rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, (see photographs)

“Four colours – green, white, black and purple – designate the four regions of the Dordogne, and symbolize the rich diversity of this magical region, often known by its more strictly French name as ‘The Perigord’.  Green evokes the lush vegetation of the northern crescent, white the limestone valleys of the central region, black the truffles f the southeast – the famous ‘black diamonds’ of classic French cuisine – and purple the full-bodied red grape of the Bergerac vineyards.  The Dordogne offers splendid scenery, exquisite food and wine, the finest examples of prehistoric art and some of the most enchanting villages of France – celebrated here in wonderful colour photographs and evocative descriptions.
On a journey south through the region we discover villages of widely contrasting appeal and interest: in the north are such gems as Brantome, its fine abbey and ancient houses gracing the banks of the river Dronne.  Further south, among the undulating hills and warm limestone valleys of the white Dordogne, we encounter ‘grand’ villages such as Hautefort, crouching beneath the twin pepper-pot towers of its chateau.  Gastronomy and the artefacts of pre-history distinguish the villages of the two southernmost areas.  Produced here are delicacies such as foie gras and the fine white wine of Monbazillac. Other sites, such as Les Eyzies, harbour some of the best examples of prehistoric cave paintings in the world, while the ancient fortified towns of Montfort and Monpazier recall the struggles of the Middle Ages.
Complete with a traveller’s gazetteer and further information about the region, this magnificent presentation of the Dordogne’s small towns and villages leaves s in no doubt of their qualities, which attract so many visitors, year in year out.”


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