Auberge du Lion d'Or
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One thing we have learnt from our visits to France - always listen to Geraldine's advice. Who knows everything...Geraldine knows. If it is places to visit near Bordeaux, Aix en Provence or Marseilles - she has always given us some great tips. So with that in mind when she told us that her friend Valerie had opened a new cheese / meat / wine shop near us here in Sarlat...we knew we must visit.
But first we had a stopover ...
... a keep-out sign indicates it is a dwelling place. The church is quite interesting, with a large belfry wall at the front, and a graveyard full of massive, well maintained multiple occupancy graves. Tourtres provides an excellent viewpoint for the whole area, and we get some good photos of landscapes and the local fruit orchards.
On the way back, we get diverted onto a new (longer) road by our navigation lady, and get a new view of our home looking towards ...
... to a gravel parking area, where we see the sign to the water lily place. Walking in, we see a large number of concrete ponds filled with varieties of waterlilies, but it all looks pretty industrial, so we don't feel like paying to see the display.
Back at the car, we decide to backtrack to a Chateau we had seen on the way, but the building, while large, with the preferred conical roofs on cylindrical towers, looks too new, and not as interesting as ...
... a look around Marmande while we wait.
Before we head for the station Murray goes to the Carrefour supermarket for some bread and the makings of breakfast, and gets back pretty late. Mike and Debbie are already at the station, but by the time we arrive, there still hasn't been a platform allocated. There is some confusion as signs are for north and south, while we are going east, but it turns out they are just to direct people to the correct end of the platform. ...
... l'Esprit Passion Tannat (2012 I think) which were both from Domaine de Magnaut. There were two bottle of the Tannat which tasted remarkably different, we think the second was better and that the reason was this was from the wine store where the former had been kept in the warmth of the restaurant - interesting observation.
Then it was on to our next port of call for an Armagnac tasting - well it had been half a day since we had our last one!