When I want to experience a beautiful day in the French countryside I frequently go to the village of Brantome, about 30 minutes from my home in the Perigord.
It is a real living village with the beautiful Abbye, lots of shopping, restaurants and gorgeous views.
We went this morning and it was very hot but with my camera in tow and a hat on my head, I enjoyed every moment.
There is a beautiful house on the river that I adore.
We stopped for lunch on the terrace of the lovely Relais and Chateaux Hotel Le Moulin De L'Abbye and had a gorgeous meal.
I love shopping at this antique linen shop in a cave on the main walking street.
Don't forget to bring the essentials, like a great tote to carry all your new treasures in.
French market tote
Darling Ann Taylor straw hat
Come to the Dordogne and enjoy all the beauty it has to offer, you won't be sorry. There is so much more to La France than Paris, Provence and the Cote D'Azur though I love all of them too.