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PERIGORD-Sainte Foy la Grande-Moncaret

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Let’s continue our France exploration and enter slowly the BORDEAUX region.
Let’s assume we are in Bergerac. There is a very busy highway (the D 936) driving to Bordeaux. But we will see Bordeaux later, as there are so many picturesque ands interesting sites to explore before tat. But I will classify it in the Bordelais.
Heading west, you should pay attention to the intersection with the D 4 south towards Duras. The road leads to SAINTE-FOY-LA-GRANDE, the unique bastide and a bustling market town. Enclaved between the Périgord and the Agenais, Sainte-Foy-La-Grande lies in a meander of the Dordogne. In the valley you some a lot of orchards, on the hill sloes wine plants.
Sainte-Foy’s territory is limited to the old medieval part, keeping some fortifications and half-timbered houses (especially in the rue de la Republique), a 13th century Gothic church and the arcaded place Gambetta. And don’t forget its famous market, on Saturday’s morning and the vegetable market, every day. Other museums are the “Maison du Fleuve” devoted to river traffic and wine.
It witnessed the birth of great figures in arts, literature and sciences: Elie Reclus (1827-1904), Elisée Reclus (1830-1905), famous geographers; Onésime Reclus, geographer and poet; Armand Reclus who worked on Panama Canal’s project; Paul Reclus (surgeon-doctor) who was the pioneer of local anesthesia; Paul Broca (1824-1880) surgeon and famous
anthropologist.
Let’s continue westwards MONCARET, just north of the D 936.
Some people say this place is should be called “Moncaret la Romaine”. It has indeed a very long history. The village has besides a ravishing roman church (11th century), but also one of the most beautiful gallo-roman sites of the southwest.
It’s in the center of the village, a magnificent Roman villa, whose summit was reached in the middle of the 5th century.  Superb mosaics (to see in the national museum of Pierre Tauziac), a cruciform gallery of 55 square meters and a 350 sq.m.apse (one of the largest of the Roman Empire). The swimming poll is also covered with mosaics.
Take, if it is working, the guided tour. Or a free brochure you are guided between the ruins with very adequate comments.

On your way to Saint-Emilion, pay attention to CASTILLON LA BATAILLE were many battles were fought , like the one in 1453 when the city fell into the power of the English. Later, the troops of LOUIS XV chased them away killing general Talbot.The main event ending the 100-years war.

Bibliography

The Lost Sonnets of Cyrano de Bergerac: A Poetic Fiction by James L. Carcioppolo (1998); T Cyrano relu et corrigé: lettres, "Estats du soleil", "Fragment de physique" by Madeleine Alcover (1990); Cyrano de Bergerac: historiens, legendens og Rostands Cyrano de Bergerac: en biografi by Peter Jerndorff-Jessen (1984); Cyrano de Bergerac and the polemics of modernity by Erica Harth (1970); Le patrimoine de Cyrano de Bergerac by J. Lemoine (1911);  Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand (performed in 1897, publ. 1898, trans. among others by Brian Hooker and Anthony Burgess)