After saying goodbye to the family in Lubersac, we went south to visit Brive la Gaillarde and Collonges la Rouge. They are not far from Lubersac, but we hadn’t had time to visit during our stay, because we were so engrossed with “our” horses and the ones in Pompadour. Before leaving the area, we wanted to do a bit of last minute site seeing.

Brive la Gaillarde and Collonges la Rouge

We paid a short visit to Brive la Gaillarde but didn’t really like it much. Nothing special there as far as we are concerned. It’s a matter of taste, of course.

Collonges la Rouge on the other hand delighted us. It’s officially one of the most beautiful villages of France. It is small with only a couple of hundred inhabitants (460 in 2008). What makes it unique is that all the buildings are built with red sandstone (hence the name: La Rouge).

An abundance of fresh figs

As we explored the village, we happened upon a fig tree loaded with ripe fruit. They were hanging over the public road, so we had no qualms picking them. We both ate about 20 of them, fresh off the tree, and soon learned that there is a price to pay. For we both had tongues that stung, and I even had a stingy palate and lips. We suspect it’s from the white milky stuff that leaked from the fruit when we picked them. It’s probably better to let them dry a couple of hours before eating them. And not eat so many in one go…

Pizza at Baïla in Châtellerault

Once we had admired all the red buildings of Collonges, we took to the road again and went north, in the direction of Saint Jean de Sauves. It was already evening when we reached Châtellerault where we stopped at Pizzeria Baïla. We ate delicious pizza’s there in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The waiter was extremely kind and friendly, which added to the joy of a good meal.

Saint Jean de Sauves (or just Sauves for its friends)

It was already getting dark when we left the place, and we still had almost an hour to go before we would reach Sauves, so we parked the car and made our bed before driving the final kilometers to Sauves. We arrived there at ten o’clock, parked the car next to the church, and went to sleep.

Over the next 3 days, we visited Chinon and several castles in the surrounding area. We also spent several hours behind our laptops at bar brasserie “Le sanglier qui fume” (The smoking boar) in Neuville, where they had a good WiFi connection.

Honey and bagpipes

Today, we visited a beekeeper at the outskirts of Sauves. We bought 3 small jars of honey (sunflower, acacia and all flower). As it happens, his dad is a retired bagpipe maker. His workshop is on the same premises as the honey shop, and he invited us in. We spent maybe an hour in there, listening to his stories and explanations, while admiring his work. He makes replicas of ancient bagpipes and it was a pleasure to be able to snoop around in his workshop. Such beautiful and detailed work. A real craftsman.

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