Rick Steves Tour of Southern France
September 13–25, 2015

  • Pêche Melba!
  • Entering Chenonceau.
  • Chenonceau—considered one of the grandest of the châteaux.
  • The classic view of Chenenceau.
  • One of the two gardens of Chenonceau.
  • The main gallery.
    • Old Dutch paintings—Protrate of a Man, by Ravesteyn.
    • Lady in a Collar by Miervelt.
        • All the châteaux had magnificent boquets refreshed daily from their own gardens.
        • Our group of intrepid travelers, including us.
        • Vlllandry—with the most extensive gardens.
        • A model of the château shows the gardens.
          • Herbs and vegetables were also in formal plantings. They grew most of their own produce.
          • François Clouet: Dame au Bain
            • The tapestries were quite faded. This has been enhanced.
              • After wine tasting, there was a quiz. Nobody got all the answers.
              • We stopped in Mortemart for a picnic lunch.
              • The "Whomping Willow" from Harry Potter.
              • Our picnic. Toni picked these up at a nearby shop.
                • Not hamburgers and fries!
                    • The stormy weather from the morning was breaking up.
                    • The entry Oradour-sur-Glane
                    • Here, 642 men, women and children were martyred by the Nazis in 1944.
                    • The town was deliberately left as a memorial. It looks like Pompeii!.
                        • Women and children were herded into this church, and then it was set afire.
                        • The remains of a baby carriage.
                        • The town cemetery with memorials to individual martyrs.
                            • Three nights in Sarlat—fois gras country!
                            • Local cows all have these sad faces.
                            • Fois-gras on the hoof.
                            • Rouffignac Cave, our first stop of the day. (Published photo)
                            • Cénac, the start of our canoe trip down the Dordogne River.