This narrow road taking residents to their homes in the mid levels of the town of Beynac-et-Cazenac is certainly not for the faint-hearted or intoxicated! Beynac-et-Cazenac is one of six medieval villages in the Dordogne which have been recognized for their unique architectural style - others include Domme, Roque de Gazeac and Sarlat. Walking through their narrow streets is like stepping into a "time machine" and travelling back a thousand years. OJ
According to legend a pilgrim passing through the valley where one now finds the town of Paunat, swore that if his staff were to take root, he would build a church on that spot. Apparently the staff sprouted roots and consequently the abbey church of St Martia was established in the 12th century.
Paunat is a small picturesque village in the Dordogne, east of Bergerac. OJ
The spectacular Grandes Ecuries of Chantilly on an icy (but clear) winter's day. This famous horse-racing venue was created by Prince Louis-Henri de Bourbon who is alleged to have believed that he would be reincarnated as a horse! Was he planning ahead when he designed these stables?
While taking an early morning walk on my favourite beach, I came across this scary fellow! I think he is a harmless mole snake (Pseudaspis cana) but he got me thinking about snakes, politicians and other pretentious people ... The Indian philosopher and politician, Chanakya (350 - 275 BC) reminds us: "Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous!" OJ