Château de Marqueyssac

Google Château de Marqueyssac and you’ll find countless photos of swirly box hedges and topiaries set high above the Dordogne River. The gardens and their setting are stunning. Upon discovering them online, I immediately knew that I had to see them in real life.

I imagined our visit to be everything it was not. I had this romanticized idea that we’d be the only visitors, giving us the place to ourselves to leisurely wander. It would be early in the day, before the sun rose too high in the sky and baked everything to within an inch of its life and created harsh shadows. There would be a light breeze and (most importantly, just ask James) I wouldn’t be hangry.

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Outside Cathédrale Saint-Sacerdos de Sarlat

Sarlat-la-Canéda is popular amongst tourists, and the architecture is one of its main draws. It’s easy to be impressed, especially when you find yourself wandering around Cathédrale Saint-Sacerdos de Sarlat.

While walking along the perimeter ledge, we saw the Jardin des Enfeus – Sarlat’s first cemetery – and decided to take a closer look.

We walked past several funerary niches, some with lovely detailing.

I liked this old cross carving. I couldn’t help but wonder if the person carving it so long ago ever imagined that people like me would stop to admire it hundreds of years later.

That’s one of the things I enjoy about travelling; learning about people from times gone by. Not just the differences between our lives, but also the commonalities.

Bonne journée!

Marla

Cathédrale Saint-Sacerdos de Sarlat

Today we’re visiting Cathédrale Saint-Sacerdos de Sarlat, a striking Roman Catholic church at the centre of medieval Sarlat-la-Canéda. Saint Sacerdos was the Bishop of Limoges in the 8th century, and his relics were brought to the cathedral in Sarlat, giving it its name.

The church is an interesting mix of styles, resulting from the several hundred years it took to build. Which makes me feel better about how long it takes me to clean the house!

The belfry and western facade are the oldest parts of the building, while the nave, organ and interior chapels are later additions.

Here’s an assortment of photos I took during our visit.

The organ is reportedly among the best preserved organs from its time, with the sound equipment being almost entirely original.

And you may recall this photo from my other blog, Fernweh Friday. I love this interesting bit of history.


I hope you’ve enjoyed your visit. Tomorrow we’ll take a stroll around the grounds of the church. Until then..

Bonne journée!

Marla

Sarlat-la-Canéda, by Day

Sarlat-la-Canéda, often simply referred to as Sarlat, is a medieval town in France’s south western Dordogne region. I visited Sarlat twice last year with my boyfriend, once during an afternoon and another time during an evening.

Here’s a selection of photos I took during our afternoon visit, after I fell in love with curry dip and we fought our way through the throngs of other tourists to take in the sights.

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