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THE French have come to the rescue of the Dordogne tourism trade this summer, with initial figures showing that the advertising promotions after the de-confinement in May helped the region. The Comité Départemental du Tourisme de la Dordogne (CDTT) has said that despite foreign visitors being greatly reduced due to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2020 at This French Life
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TAKE a stroll through the Loubejac countryside, and enjoy a bite to eat, during the marche gourmand taking place on Saturday 29 August. The walk starts at 19h from beneath the church in Loubejac, heading off in the direction of an apéritif, after that you carry on walking towards you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2020 at This French Life
FOR visitors to the Dordogne a guidebook is essential because the choice of places to visit is immense. Almost every hilltop is crowned with a castle or chateau and the villages and towns hold many delights waiting to be discovered. A popular guidebook series is the Michelin Green Guides and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2020 at This French Life
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THE 50th Salon des Antiquaires will be held in Villefranche-du-Périgord on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 August, in the Place de la Halle in the centre of the village. The fair draws in exhibitors from across France and you are sure to spot something strange or quirky on the stalls.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2020 at This French Life
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BERGERAC has joined many other towns in France by bringing in a mandatary face mask rule on market days in an attempt to slow the spread of Covid-19. Anyone aged over 11 will have to wear a mask on Wednesdays and Saturdays, between 7h and 14h, if walking in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2020 at This French Life
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BESSE will host a vide grenier and brocante on Sunday 30 August, with the stalls opening from 8h. It is organised by the local chasse and if you want to sell a few of your own things on the day call 06 88 85 60 91 or 06 88 85... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2020 at This French Life
A MOVE to France is very often a new start for people, but unfortunately old problems can resurface and cause real heartache. The Times website features a very interesting article about the difficulties families and couples face when they head to France. For those with children it is the parents... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2020 at This French Life
Much planning goes into the Tour and here is the 2008 routeTHE Tour de France starts from Brest, in Brittany on Saturday, July 5 and finishes in the usual spectacular style on the Champs Élysées, Paris, on July 27. At the end of the 3,554km tour there will undoubtedly be... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2020 at This French Life
FOR biking enthusiasts the time to become passionate about the cycling championships has come round again. Semur en Auxois, Cote d'Or, which staged the 7th stage of the 2007 Tour de France, is the venue for Les Championnats de France de Cyclisme sur Route (the French road cycling championships) which... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2020 at This French Life
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FACE masks will now have to be worn on the streets of central Périgueux following discussions between the Dordogne préfecture and mairie. With the number of tourists visiting Périgueux still high, and the increased number of cases of Covid-19 in France, the decision has been made to require the wearing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2020 at This French Life
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FLIGHTS at Bergerac Airport to the UK will continue to operate following the UK government's announcement that a 14-day quarantine period will apply to people travelling from France, The airport has said that flights operated by Ryanair, Jet2 and British Airways will continue until they themselves are informed of any... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2020 at This French Life
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BELVES aeronautical club will be hosting a slimmed down version of its annual aeroplane meeting on Saturday 15 August, when it opens its doors to visitors. The event usually draws aircraft from across France, but due to the Covid-19 restrictions, it will be a local affair with the chance to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2020 at This French Life
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THE mayor of Bordeaux has said the increase in Covid-19 cases in the city is worrying and has prompted him to make it mandatory to wear a face mask on the two main retail high streets. Pierre Hurmic has said that from Saturday 15 August, people will have to wear... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2020 at This French Life
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I THOUGHT it might prove useful for people to get an idea of the cost of living in the Dordogne, so you can plan ahead if you want to visit or are looking to make a permanent move. Below is a selection of everyday items that will provide an idea... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2020 at This Dordogne Life
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THE popular Dordogne tourist destination of Sarlat has made it mandatory to wear a face mask during market days and for those attending the evening market. To deter the spread of coronavirus, face masks will have to be worm in the pedestrianised areas of the town on Saturdays between 9h... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2020 at This French Life
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THE Dordogne waste authorities are to make available around two million paper bags for people to place used face masks, gloves and tissues in. From 10 August the Syndicat mixte départemental des déchets de la Dordogne (SMD3) will provide local déchetteries, except those in Périgord Noir in the south of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2020 at This French Life
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THE recent free Covid-19 tests launched by the Nouvelle-Aquitaine health authorities have found two positive cases in the town of Issigeac, in the south west corner of the Dordogne. A contact tracing exercise has been put in place to try and find everyone who had recent connections with the two... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2020 at This French Life
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A guide to airports in the Dordogne and why saving money on flights might leave you a long way from your destination... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2020 at This Dordogne Life
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BERGERAC Airport has announced that a free Covid-19 testing unit will be open to passengers every Saturday from 1 August. The tests will be overseen by the Nouvelle-Aquitaine health authorities and the Dordogne Préfecture. There is no obligation to take a free test and it will only be available to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2020 at This French Life
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THE Dordogne is an area that has ticks, often found in the woods, and which can attach themselves to you and your dogs and cats. Diseases such as leishmaniasis, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis and heartworm can prove fatal to your pets so precautions should be taken. If you are bitten then ticks... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2020 at This Dordogne Life
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THE churches of Orliac and Loubejac will each play host to a concert of baroque music and readings of French classics next month. Hosted by Jean-Pierre Menuge, he will be joined by Barbara Deheul, who will read selected works and Fernanda Romila on the harpsichord. Orliac will host the first... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2020 at This French Life
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RECYCLING your rubbish ensures that you leave only footprints when holidaying in the Dordogne, as we all try and reduce our impact on the planet. The recycling system in the Dordogne uses large coloured containers, but with a twist for non-recyclable rubbish that goes in black bin bags. The system... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2020 at This Dordogne Life
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NEW or replacement fioul, or oil fired, heating systems in France will be banned from the beginning of 2022. The measure had been proposed by a citizens committee looking at ways to 'green' the French way of life, and the government has backed the proposal to bring an end to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2020 at This French Life
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DRIVING around the Dordogne can be a real pleasure. You will find quiet roads with views across the countryside, very few vehicles to get stuck behind and lovely villages where you can stop for a break. But there are some rules of the road that are worth considering if driving... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2020 at This Dordogne Life
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THE weather in the Dordogne is usually not too hot, or too cold, for any length of time - there was a good reason Cro-Magnon man settled in the region. You can visit the region throughout the year and see the Dordogne countryside under a different coloured sky, from slate... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2020 at This Dordogne Life