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From San Sebastian to the Dordogne…

Aleta | Sep 22, 2010 05:28 AM

While I was trying to stay cool and not expire from the heat of the Steamer of Humans (also known as Shanghai-in-the-summer), I received a little word from Parigi on my Barcelona dining post. Through the sweltering heat, deafening buzz-saw of cicadas and roar of millions of people all talking out loud simultaneously, I registered something about “Pigging out in the Dordogne”. I felt like Horton the elephant when he hears a Who.

Months later, I’ve gone back to figure out what the Pigging-Out was all about and I realize that the Dordogne is not so far away from San Sebastian! So thanks, Parigi, for whispering in my ear (whether you meant to or not). I’ve been dreaming about San Se and I’ve decided to give this trip to my dear son for his graduation present. (I know, what a lucky kid. I suggested Disneyworld but he only asked what was on their menus ;-) )

In San Se, I’m renting an apt. in Gros that is footsteps away from Patio de Ramuntxo. We’ll have almost a week to explore San Sebastian. Thanks to Chowhounds for linking the fantastic website, I’ve studied the routes intensely and look forward to setting my son loose on San Sebastian! (His first experience with pintxos in Barcelona at Euskal Etxea was slow-slow-FAST!) We will have to be careful with nuts though.

After San Sebastian, I plan to drive up the coast and spend 4 days in the Dordogne to indulge in the terroir and see the famous caves. Here I have only 3 places and perhaps that’s all we’ll need, considering the generosity of the table! As usual, I try to pair sightseeing with eating. My question here is, Does this work and does anyone have extra suggestions? We’ll be staying in Montignac, Les Eyzies and Rocamadour.

Le Taulado in Les Eyzies de Tayac (sightseeing at Font de Gaume)
Ferme Auberge Calvel in Le Bougayrou (anything else to see, eat or do here?)
Hotel Roseraie (sightseeing at Lascaux II in Montignac)
Rocamadour (any good eats to add around here?)

After the Dordogne, we’ll probably drive back straight to San Sebastian and fly back to Barcelona for more eating (er, I mean sightseeing). Maybe a stop in St. Emilion or Monbazillac.

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