After our stay in Aix en Provence we boarded a coach and made our way through the French country side to Chateau de la Fluenie. The Chateau was built in the 1300′s and extended in the 1600′s. It is a beautiful old building set on manicured, spacious grounds just outside the small village of Condat in the Dordogne
The main dining room
After a hard days painting it was nice to relax and enjoy drinks on the terrace as the sun went down.
We were fortunate to have access to a large conference room,should the weather turn bad. Fortunately we had only one foggy morning where staying indoors made painting a lot more comfortable.
The Chateau had its own heard of deer and a collection of very small goats.
Further down the paddock were a pair of friendly pigs
The small village of Condat, just down the road from La Fleunie, was a great place to paint. There was a bar, coffee shop and restaurant in the village, so we were well looked after.
Lunch in Condat
Butterfly disguised as dandelion.
Hand hewn timber in the roof of an ancient Condat farm building.
Trees in the region were getting ready to loose their leaves – some were bare, some where still green and some had fantastic colors.
We visited the medieval town of Sarlat – beautiful old buildings, markets, shops and restaurants, plus a wealth of painting subjects. A great place to spend the day.
Behind the Cathedral we found a quiet spot with a great view of one of the towns Medieval houses.
La Roque-Gageac was another medieval town tucked under a cliff on the bend of the Dordogne River. It seemed a strange location for a town, but looked spectacular reflected in the water. We spent most of the day painting there, then went to visit the Lascaux Caves. No photos due to copyright restrictions according to our guide?!
After the workshop we traveled to Bordeaux airport where everyone headed off in different directions.
Dianne and I stayed a couple of days in Bordeaux and after the luxurious accommodation we were used to, the view from our room came as a bit of a shock.
Bordeaux has some beautiful buildings, but not far from where we stayed was the building below. It must be the ugliest building in France, built from checker plate metal, freeway crash barriers and funny little windows.
Bordeaux fruit stand