From Bergerac to Sarlat, choices were difficult for our little troupe, as the Dordogne valley is full of treasures, which we recounted to our family back in Quebec. No rivalry between children and parents, the programme had something for everyone!
Bridoire, place your bets
Our first stop is unanimous. Samuel and Léa read in a brochure that the Château de Bridoire offered games of yesteryear. I understood with a wink from Jonathan, my husband, why the children had so easily convinced him: Bridoire is located near Bergerac in the heart of the Monbazillac region, which promised us a nice tasting of the famous golden nectar at the same time!
On site, having deliciously lost themselves in a fairy-tale labyrinth at the edge of the forest, our two young adventurers are immediately won over by the fitting of armour. A return to the mysteries of the Middle Ages! With Jonathan, we are equally enthusiastic about the architectural qualities of this 15th century building, whose vaulted kitchen had the honour of feeding the future Henri IV. It's impossible to take advantage of all the activities proposed by the castle's agenda in one visit, but the children will not let us leave before challenging us on the beam. Guaranteed laughter at each fall!
Limeuil, between the Vézère and the Dordogne rivers
For our second stop in the Périgord Noir, we went up a level. Climbing up through the preserved lanes of the village of Limeuil, halo to the label of the "most beautiful villages of France", is a joy as much as a journey into history. An ideal refuge for craftsmen, the children were particularly ecstatic in front of the varied forms created by a glassblower.
Panoramic gardens frame the village. Beyond the solicitation of the senses with the innumerable vegetable essences, the gardens offer an incomparable view over the confluence of the wild Vézère and the ample Dordogne. Lea tells us that the Dordogne looks like a snake, as it seems to twist under our eyes. A lady smiles, explaining that her image is perfect as these aquatic loops are called "cingles", like the male snake of the same name (grass snakes). For his part, Samuel never stops capturing these wonders of nature with the camera on his phone. Before leaving, none of us can resist a cool gourmet treat - a shared violet ice cream on a shaded bench. A walk full of pleasure!
In Calviac-en-Périgord, animals on show
But no, Leah, it's not only your brother who stuffs himself with pizzas! The wolverine is one of the stars of the Calviac Zoological Reserve, a kind of teddy bear that is also found in northern Canada. The eco-friendly reserve invites you to discover endangered animals. On a vast wooded hillside, young and old rave about wallabies, sakis monkeys or tapirs. Sam, be careful, no question of caressing the Madagascan fossa, it looks like a little cougar... The lemurs are ok - they are more harmless.
Sophie, the carer, is waiting for us near the wolf pen to reveal their behavioural secrets. The reserve knows how to captivate even the youngest visitors with permanent pedagogical attractions. The reconstituted biodiversity is transformed into a real world tour, a complete change of scenery in the depths of a Périgord forest!