This was a day that no tour guide would put together, but we had a great time. After breakfast at the castle, we headed to the city of Perigueux which is about an hour and a half away. Again, those of you who read the Bruno mysteries know the name.
Anyway, we went to a museum that is the excavation site of a Roman home built in the 1st and 2nd centuries.
Our jaws never made it off the floor for the entire visit. We had never seen anything like it. An enormous glass building was built over the excavation site, allowing visitors to explore the entire Roman home.
Each relic was the best of its type you could imagine. The Roman tiled floor was in perfect condition. The mosaic birds looked like they had been created last week.
Parts of the walls maintained their original decorative paint. Honestly, if we had missed this site, our trip would have had a giant hole in it.
We then drove to Brantome for lunch. Brantome is “the Venice of the Perigord” which makes us chuckle. We wonder how many “Venice of the…” places there are in the world. Moving past that, it was a charming town. The pictures can’t do it justice, but we tried.
We had such a relaxing lunch sitting by the canal and letting the world float by. Cindy had an omelet and salad and Jim had roasted camembert with cured meats. It was a delightfully perfect lunch.
The third act of the day took us to the Brantome Police Horse Sanctuary. It is outside of town by a good bit, and in a picture-perfect setting with rolling hills and verdant pastures. The sanctuary is a home for retired British police horses. We learned about the horses and what they went through in their jobs. Several had been traumatized or injured during riots. Some were retired due to other ailments.
Like these horses, we think that when we are ready to retire, this would be a great option. The police horses are joined at the sanctuary by a couple of goats, chickens, donkeys, and about six dogs. After meeting the animals, we joined other visitors for a proper British tea.