In August 2013 Laura and I visit the Dordogne, where we camp for one and a half weeks on a small campsite in a forest (on our way up we visit the Musée des 24 Heures in Le Mans). Afterwards we spend a few days in Kröv at the Moselle, and the following week Laura does a singing course in the monastery of Springiersbach. I take a detour home, via the Schlumpf car museum in Mulhouse, and I return to Springiersbach for the students' concerts at the end of Laura's course. A little less than a week later Laura and I, together with Michel, spend a few days at the Moselle for Laura's performance in the opera Dialogues des Carmélites by Francis Poulenc in the same Carmelite monastery in Springiersbach. This page presents a collection of photos of our time in the Dordogne and at the Moselle. Click on a photo for enlargement.
On our way up we spend the night in a bed & breakfast in a luxury farmhouse in Germany.
Lots of pink, even in the farm yard.
We drink our morning coffees outside.
In the farm garden.
But there are cows too.
Four curious calfs.
By now we've just arrived at the camping Manzac Ferme in Augignac, in the Dordogne. The camping is owned by Britons (who offered us the coffee that's next to Laura). It is small, very quiet and remote. Laura studies for her singing course.
There is a spacious pitch for our tent. The camping is in a forest, and our tent is next to a small river (Bandiat).
Me (photo by Laura).
Brantôme. On the right is the monastery, on the left the old village.
God, carved in the wall of a cave underneath the monastery.
The pub's cat continues to lie on his chair while the boss moves him to another spot, chair and all.
Laura walking in Saint-Jean-de-Côle.
Water mill in Saint-Jean-de-Côle.
Laura in Saint-Jean-de-Côle.
View of Saint-Jean-de-Côle.
Saint-Jean-de-Côle, including self portrait.
Saint-Estèphe, and an evening of drizzle. The area around our camping has a lot of small lakes. The lake of Saint-Estèphe is quite large. On the left is a beach. The rest of our holiday is dry and sunny, apart from a thunderstrom on the very first night.
The forest around our tent.
The forest, and the river Bandiat.
The tower of Piégut-Pluviers, all that remains of the castle that Richard Lionheart destroyed in 1199.
Saint-Jean-de-Côle at night.
Our favorite pub in Piégut-Pluviers has very good food and drinks, and also home made tableware.
Outside that same pub.
The hibiscus of the pub in bloom.
Me, behind the wheel and with the top open (photo by Laura).
Back at the camping.
Sunlight on the water and reflection of trees.
Zooming in on our tent.
Laura is practising, using sheet music and headphones.
The tent again.
Laura prepares dinner.
Jeu de boules in Saint-Estèphe.
Jeu de boules in Saint-Estèphe.
Surroundings of our tent.
Laura reading. The banks of the river are quite steep. Our tent is at the bottom, near the river, but here Laura is higher up along the bank.
Dewdrops on a spider's web.
One saying goodbye to the other.
Reflection on the water.
Spider's web in a tree.
Swans on the bank of the Moselle.
Swans and ducks on the bank of the Moselle.
Head of a swan.
Surroundings of Kröv.
Somebody has presented a statue at the Kröv cemetary with a heart.
Laura looking out over the Moselle.
Laura enters the monastery.
View from my hotel room in the centre of Mulhouse.
Michel enjoys the evening sun and the white Mosel wine on a terrace in Bengel.
The Carmelite monastery in Springiersbach.
Ceiling of the church in Springiersbach.
Terrace in Reil.
This holiday we have travelled around 5350 kilometres in total.
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