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The Northern end of the Parc natural regional des Causses du Quercy is dramatic and filled with interesting historical sites (the southern end, less scenic).


Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne

We had a wonderful lunch (Jeanne’s favorite) on the river surrounded by old people at ***Côté Dordogne, 20 Boulevard Rodolphe de Turenne, 19120 Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne. The town is cute and clearly a destination. Good stop on the way to Padirac.


Padirac

**Padirac Cave: A sinkhole about 10 stories deep that leads into a vast cave system of spectacular stalagmites and stalactites run through by an underground river. Very crowded, but the largest cave I’ve ever seen and worth it if you’re in the area. Plan on 90 minutes in the cave.


Rocamadour

***Sanctuaire Notre-Dame de Rocamadour: This was excellent. Very touristy, but the vertical site and the churches themselves are very impressive. A pretty drive that is more arid/mountainy than the Dordogne region. Takes a good half day, fairly remote site.

Near Rocamadour: we stopped a hotel that looks pretty wonderful: www.lepontdelouysse.com. Next time! Also for a high end option: www.chateaudelatreyne.com.

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