Brantome – walking in an oil painting!

Brantome, France with Seen by Solomon travel and lifestyle blog by David and Angela Solomon

The Dordogne in southwestern France is such a large, beautiful and picturesque area so it is hard to pick out just one village that took our breath away but Brantome truly did!

Brantome, France with Seen by Solomon travel and lifestyle blog by David and Angela Solomon

We weren’t even that lucky with the weather, on the day of our visit, but funnily enough the dramatic skies and lack of people really added even more to the atmosphere of the stunning views at every turn!

Brantome, France with Seen by Solomon travel and lifestyle blog by David and Angela Solomon

Set on either side of the Dronne river the first building we came across was the spectacular Abbey. We then crossed one of the dreamy arched bridges and walked along sweeping terraces which where nothing short of incredible … we honestly felt as if we were walking through an amazing oil painting!

Brantome, France with Seen by Solomon travel and lifestyle blog by David and Angela Solomon

So much lush vegetation, landscaped gardens, trailed blossom walkways, magical reflections in the water along with jaw dropping architecture with weathered facades! Such a concentration of back to back beauty here … and real colours of France too!

Brantome, France with Seen by Solomon travel and lifestyle blog by David and Angela Solomon

We can imagine that in the height of the warmer months the river and Brantome itself would be bustling with life, markets, canoe fun on the water etc but we were so happy to have visited out of season where the feeling of stepping back in time was tangible and the stillness so calming!

Brantome, France with Seen by Solomon travel and lifestyle blog by David and Angela Solomon

Quintessentially French the village of Brantome is a ‘must see’ if you are exploring the Dordogne region. Not only is it so very beautiful but it felt tranquil, friendly and a happy place to wander along cobbled streets, eat an al fresco meal over the water, stroll through manicured gardens and lose yourself for the day in this work of art!

Brantome, France with Seen by Solomon travel and lifestyle blog by David and Angela Solomon

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Bordeaux’s Darwin Project

Les Jardins de Marqueyssac

 

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