Which town in the heart of the Périgord Vert is one of the major centres of cutlery?
The Nontron knife is the oldest knife in France and its origin dates back to the 15th century. Whether it is a table knife or a pocket knife, the Nontron knife is the pride of the whole region.
What is the papitou?
Which novelist, author of "Jacquou le Croquant", evokes the peasant revolts that shook the Périgord?
Jacquou le Croquant is a French social novel written by Eugène Le Roy between March 1896 and May 1897. It was first published in 1899 as a serial in the Revue de Paris. Jacquou is inspired by the term "jacquerie", which refers to the peasant revolt of the Ancien Régime. He is nicknamed le croquant in reference to the rebels who stirred up the South-West of France in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Which town near Bergerac is famous for its wine that accompanies foie gras or desserts?
Monbazillac is certainly the most famous of all the wines of the Dordogne. Its vineyards, spread out on the south coast of the Dordogne valley, are also one of the oldest in the region. The Monbazillac terroir covers 3,600 hectares and 5 communes: Pomport, Rouffignac, Colombier, Saint Laurent des Vignes and Monbazillac.
What do the villages of Domme, Monpazier, Beaumont du Périgord and Villefranche du Périgord have in common?
A bastide is a new walled town of countal, royal or ecclesiastical foundation built in the Middle Ages on the basis of a regular plan with a central square surrounded by a covered passage opening by arcades, and a municipal charter allowing the inhabitants to administer themselves with an elected council. The word comes from the Languedoc word bastida.
How did Montaigne refer to the gastronomy of the Périgord?
You can water ski on the Dordogne...
You can practice water skiing and wakeboarding at the cingle of Trémolat. In this meander of the Dordogne, the river is wide, calm and deep. The conditions are perfect for small boats and water skiing. There is even a water-skiing club
In which village is the Lascaux cave located?
Lascaux comes from the "lieu dit" where the cave was discovered. Locally in the Dordogne, it first referred to the site of a noble house. This was in the Occitan form of Las Coulx (attested in 1400) which refers to the presence of stones and lime. The alteration-francisation of the name gives it the modern and contemporary form of Lascaux
What is the Coulobre?
The Coulobre is a legendary winged monstrous reptile that could live on land, on water and fly. It lived in a cave near Lalinde on the Couze cliff: it was said that the beast was so big that when its head drank the water of the Dordogne its tail was on top of the cliff. It inspired great fear. It was said that it kidnapped the inhabitants, the boatmen, and took them to its lair to devour them.
By what name is the 16th century French writer Pierre de Bourdeille best known?
Brantôme is known for his manuscripts, all published after his death. He wrote extensively about the great people of his time and of the generations immediately preceding it. He has been called "the valet de chambre of history" because of the intimate details he gave about some of his characters. His chronicles of the 16th century give a vivid and biting view of his time.