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Date: 3rd November 2014

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I can’t believe that it is so long ago when I had my brief but superb holiday in the Dordogne/Lot region of France. Promising to write about my visits etc. I will now have to rely on memory so these blogs might be shorter than usual.

Domme is a fine Bastide - a fortified Mediaeval town with two public spaces - the commercial Place de la Halle and the Place de la Rode where the ‘breaking wheel’ entertained the public. This was one of the most horrible forms of putting to death which you could ever imagine. Look it up on the Internet - it is totally gruesome.

Domme was also entitled to mint its own coinage and this lovely building is now home to an exciting and innovative jeweller called Charles Duret.

If you have followed my blogs for any time, you will know that I have a great interest in the Cathars and the Huguenots and also the Knights Templar. Next to the best pizzeria I’ve ever visited is a small round tower in which a large number of the Templars were imprisoned for 20 years!!!!! The citizens of Domme had to provide sustenance for them and eventually they tired of this and asked the Pope what they should do with the prisoners. Legend has it that the Pope said ‘Burn them’ and that is what happened. Unfortunately the tower was closed when I visited but I could see through a chink in the wall that the inside was covered with religious graffiti which the Templars had carved throughout their long years of imprisonment.

On stopping for a coffee with an Englishwoman who has lived in France most of her life and is very knowledgeable about Domme, she commented that the street in which we were sitting was named after a Huguenot Geoffroi de Vivans
There’s also a name plaque commemorating a very famous 19th Century French novelist - Eugene Leroy. His own life story makes for colourful reading. 

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