A long day on the Dordogne river, from Cazoulès to Montfort
Sadly we leave the farm today and say good-bye to our wonderful hosts who have provided us with excellent home cooked meals, wine and homemade aperitifs! We are off at 9 AM on our adventure on the Dordogne River.
It is approximately a 90 minute drive to the river but we make a few stops along the way – explore another little French village, have coffee, & hit the grocery store (Steve needs to stock up for another wonderful picnic lunch).
The canoes arrive at the put-in spot promptly at 12 noon and we are off! This river is much wider and quieter than the Célé – we see several types of birds along the shore and in the water – even a blue heron that we chase down the river and then he flies back over the top of us.
There are purple marten nests built into the sand and this is the first time we have seen cormorants also. We are paddling from Cazoulès to Montfort – we pass by a magnificent chateau high on a hill near our take-out point which is rumored to be owned by a Saudi prince.
We meander past limestone cliffs and marvel at the ferns and other plants growing out of the rocks and we even explore a small cave via our canoes eroded into these rocks. We arrive in the town of Montfort and to our hotel, the Plaisance for our one night stay here. We relax out on the patio before dinner – it is delightfully warm, a real treat!
Dinner is at the hotel and a 4 course extravaganza! I should have had ½ of each course – hate going to bed on such a full stomach – but I am exhausted…. Good night to all! Another day on the beautiful Dordogne awaits and will be full of castles and chateaux along the river tomorrow!