Saturday, December 22, 2012

A Rainy Day in the Life

Today was a good day to go to Périgueux, about 30 minutes from my home, as they were having a festival honoring foie gras and truffles.  What's not to like about those delicacies?
So, off I went in my Wellies, rain coat and hat to see what was happening.

Arriving in Perigueux the first thing to attract your attention is the amazing St Front Cathedral which dominates the town centre. The original church was built in about 1120 and changed in the 19th century by Paul Abadie who used it as a model for the design of the Sacre Coeur church in Montmarte.

Its layout is in the shape of the Greek cross, similar to St Mark’s in Venice, and above the centre and each arm a lovely domed roof (cupola) has been added. Apparently architects and locals do not like the changes and prefer the more traditional Romanesque church of St Etienne de la Cité, which used to be the cathedral of Perigueux. For my part I think it is a beautiful building though it is very austere inside.

The cathedral was classified as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1998 as an important stage on the St James of Compostella Pilgrimage.

If you haven't heard of, or taken, the Compostella Pilgrimage walk I highly recommend it.

The rain was really coming down heavily but didn't deter the people.
The gorgeous cobblestone walking streets of this ancient village were full of people and their umbrellas.

Beautiful rainy day

Anything pink and with roses immediately attracts my attention.  A shop window down one of the cobblestone streets

The Saturday market is always bustling and today was no exception

Time to stop for a coffee and perhaps a lovely homemade pastry.

This lovely little chocolate character was one of a window full of cute little chocolate animals

A delicious Fromagerie that has every French cheese you can imagine

Don't these radishes look gorgeous?  It is typical to eat the radishes with butter and salt in France

The window of a fine chocolate shop

Some of the local people dancing in costume

To make sure you don't go out without your rain gear, I am suggesting a few things here.

Fabulous hummingbird rain boots from Target
Patagonia Rain Shadow Jacket

Chanel Aqualumiere Sheer Lipstick

Monet's garden folding umbrella
Rain, rain go away......

A Bientôt et Merci Beaucoup

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