Saturday, 6 February 2016

Domme in the Aquitaine

Carole's Chatter: Domme in the Aquitaine


The hilltop town of Domme is located on the Dordogne River in Aquitaine, France.  It retains its original fortifications which is unusual.  

Carole's Chatter: Domme in the Aquitaine

The town centre is a little bit gift shoppy but when you stand outside the walls and look down to the Dordogne you will be seeing one of the most spectacular views in France.

Carole's Chatter: Domme in the Aquitaine

Domme is a hillside 13th century royal bastide with a great view over the Dordogne.  

Carole's Chatter: Domme in the Aquitaine

We, or rather my better half, valiantly drove right up into the town and found some pay and display parking right close to the market - which was winding down. I found the English translation of this parking sign a little bit amusing.


Carole's Chatter: Domme in the Aquitaine

You can see just how narrow the streets are in the town – large cars would be a real problem.  I guess this sort of thing is why most French cars are small.

The view from by the market was stunning. We walked around a bit but it was too hot really.

Carole's Chatter: Domme in the Aquitaine

There was a statue of Jacques de Maleville who was born in Domme in 1741.  He was one of the four jurists that created the Napoleonic Code – incredibly important development. The code forbade privileges based on birth, allowed freedom of religion, and specified that government jobs should go to the most qualified.  This was pretty out there stuff for the times.

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