Bergerac, “Town of Art and History”
A proud town nestling along the banks of the Dordogne, with regal gabarres (traditional flat-bottomed boats) that enliven the river on a daily basis, an outstanding Renaissance-style town centre and… the ghost of Cyrano, who actually never even set foot...
A quick jaunt around the town...
Bergerac has been proudly sporting its “Town and Region of Art and History” label for a number of years now.
And for good reason... It entices with its labyrinth of ever-so charming streets and little squares.
Look upwards and admire the half-timbered houses, the ogival windows, the finely-worked doors. Make sure you dont miss even the tiniest detail of the great historical anecdotes: “when Catherine of Medicis visited the town, the fountains in Rue des Fontaines were spurting wine to arouse Catholics passions!”
Moving on to Place Pélissière, youll be greeted by the statue of Cyrano – ah, at long last, here he is –, then on to the boatmens houses at Place de la Mirpe for a burst of photo shooting and, last but not least, a visit to the Tobacco Museum where youll be awed by the machine that series sculpts pipe bowls, situated at the top of the building.