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Cycling, Wine and Cultural Tours in the Dordogne, Pyrenees and Southwest of France.

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Chateau de Pitray
Chateau de Pitray

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Cycling in the vineyards of Saint Emilion, with Chateau LaRoque behind us.

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The driveway leading up to the Chateau.

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The main gate into the Chateau grounds, with Natalie and Jim Clark posing.

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Lunch stop in a small village somewhere in the countryside.

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Fromage! Can you see the nasty piece of goat cheese?

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The Dordogne River just north of Saint Foy La Grande.

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The medieval village and World Heritage site of Saint Emilion.

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This is the only remaining fully standing entry way into Saint Emilion, which as I mentioned before was once a fortified town with a wall that enclosed it, back in the 12th century.

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Above is the entry way into the church and monastery of Blasimon. The monastery is in ruins and the church is not. The origins of construction go back to the year 750 ... think about that for a moment.

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Throughout the church - here the entry way - there are stone carvings of gargoyles.

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Inside the church, and that is not - at least I hope not - Homer Simpson on the left!

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Below Chateau Pitray at the end of the day with the light from the setting sun.

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