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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Day Four: Our First Castle

Today, we took the girls to Chateau des Millandes, a stunning 15th century chateau that was most recently the home of Josephine Baker:

We arrived just in time to catch some of the birds of prey show. This one is a massive bald eagle:

The girls were mezmerized...

And the view from the castle was stunning...

The castle itself was entirely dedicated to the extraordinary life of Josephine Baker. As Samantha put it: "She was everything, Mom." The girls loved looking at her fancy Folies costumes and fell in love with her fabulous 50s style bathrooms. Unfortunately, no pictures were allowed inside. After going through the castle twice (the girls insisted), we played in the garden:

And lamented the fact that no disney princesses were actually going to arrive in a carriage to give them a hug and take a photo with them...

On the drive back from Les Millandes, we stumbled into Castelnaud-La-Chapelle, a village with another 15th century castle that borders the Dordogne river, as many of the towns around here do. We stopped for lunch:

And wandered down to the river, which was filled with people canoeing and kayaking...

Samantha declared very matter-of-factly that we are coming back tomorrow to go swimming and boating:

Once we got home, I took off solo to explore a bit. I found myself in the town of Domme, in which I was expecting this:

I was not expecting to find this terrace...

Overlooking all of this. Notice the people on the right side of the photo-- that's how high up we are on the ridge:

I will definitely be going back with the rest of the family. Finally, back home, the girls got all crazy and creative with pine cones and wildflowers. France is doing them good.

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