We are immediately in wine country with vineyards on every side of us as we go the 15 or so to Monbazillac which is both a restored castle and a wine cooperative just south of Bergerac. It's large parking lot has a fleet of old cars parked in it. A touring club we're told later in the shop.
|Dennis and his car|
We are too late to visit the castle (it's closed for lunch) but have enough time to taste some Monbazillac which is a sweet after-dinner wine. The wine cooperative also has Bergerac wines which they produce and we taste both a red and a rose which are both dry. Dennis buys a bottle of Monbazillac for us to drink at home.
|Nancy, Lynn, Dennis & Karen tasting wine at Monbazillac|
|Monbazillac chateau and its vineyards|
|view from Monbazillac|
Eymet is another bastide town and has all the elements necessary. The church and ruined castle are outside the main center of town. The market square is still partly surrounded by arcaded houses, but it is a disappointment because they've taken out the corner houses in order to allow roads to enter the center. Cars now park all around the center of the square.
|Arcaded 15th century houses on the town square|
|At some later date, someone combined two houses and put an unusual gabled roof over both houses to join them together|
The square is missing its covered "halle" but has a fountain that is a relatively recent addition.
|Not mentioned on the tour, but we thought it was cool, even though probably a 20th century building|
|bell from the protestant church|
|After the wars of religion, a protestant church was built within the town center|
|Eymet had many factories. This sign is on the side of one of the former factory buildings|
Issigeac is a very small circular town centered on its church. This afternoon it is sleepy with only a few people Sunday strolling in pairs or threes.
The church and town square
|wandering the town streets|
On the way home we see these fields of poppies for Judy
Home for grilled pork tenderloin for dinner.