Memorable Bergerac!!

I continue to dig deep into my vault and got me one nostalgic picture that makes write this post all worth it, There is a sentimental memorable moment passing by Bergerac even if pictures are hard to find. I will put information here that will help me re visit the area again the soonest. Bergerarc is located in the Dordogne department, no 24 in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. The town is 93 km from Bordeaux, 48 km from Périgueux, 90 km from Agen and 110 km from Cahors. Libourne is 66 km away.

Of course, many other highways converged here or take you here such as from Paris the A10–A71–A20–A89–RD709, from Lyon: A6–A89–RN21, from Bordeaux RN10–RN89–A89–RD709, and from Toulouse: A62–RD931–RN21, The train station of Bergerac is on the Libourne – Le Buisson line which allows the connection between Bordeaux and Sarlat by the TER Nouvelle-Aquitaine , You have ,also, the Bergerac-Dordogne-Périgord airport currently linked to several cities in UK, Paris, Rotterdam and in Brussels-Charleroi mainly thanks to low-cost companies.

My anecdote on the departamental road D936 connecting Bergerac to Bordeaux !

Arriving in Bergerac is the Ave du Général de Gaulle before arrival it is the Avenue de Bergerac, Going to Bordeaux it passes by Lamonzie-St Martin, where it becomes the Avenue de Bordeaux, continues passing by Gardonne, then Sainte Foy la Grande, Vélines, Moncaret, Lamothe-Montravel, the nice Castillon-la-Bataille, and right next to the Dordogne river before reaching Branne I think, we stop for brunch with Monbazillac white sweet wine my dear late wife Martine love, see Pic.

Bergerac D936 monbazillac to Bergerac wines and Noel 6mos old 1992

Moving on the D936 we arrived at Saint Quentin de Baron, and by Fargues Saint Hilaire the road is call Avenue de l’Entre Deux Mers, and continue crossing the road N230 passed the road becomes the Boulevard de l’Entre Deux Mers passed the next trafic circle and it becomes Rue Galin to connect with the Avenue Thiers do left, to cross the Pont de Pierre over the Garonne river into Bordeaux!see the Porte de Bourgogne and the Cours Victor Hugo, A wonderful road warrior ride indeed !!

A bit of history I like as the city is very old but will condense to say that in May 1472, King Louis XI confirms by letters patent the privileges of the city granted by his predecessors, following the death of the Duke of Guyenne, After the massacre of Saint -Barthélemy in 1572, Bergerac joined the Protestant military camp. On September 17, 1577, during the Wars of Religion, a truce was signed in Bergerac: the Peace of Bergerac. On July 16, 1621, King Louis XIII entered Bergerac and had the safety fortifications by the Huguenots demolished. It is indeed one of the most important strongholds of the Protestant Sud-Ouest or South-West area of France, On November 15, 1683, the temple was demolished On August 11, 1685, the first companies of dragoons arrived in Bergerac to convert the Huguenots. On August 23, 24 and 25, dragonnades and forced conversions took place ,On August 21, 1944, the liberation of Bergerac took place.

There is a whole lot to see here, but will mentioned my favorites:

The Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix de l’Alba, rue Thomas, its offices have been carried out there since 1997 by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter according to the Tridentine form of the Roman rite. The Chapelle Sainte-Jeanne-d’Arc and its traditionalist school outside the contract, affiliated with the Fraternity of Saint-Pie X and located at avenue Foch. The Church of Our Lady of Bergerac, rue Sainte-Catherine, The Church Saint-Jean-des-Cordeliers, rue de Clairat, it was first the place of worship of the local Cordeliers convent, then for nearly 120 years it was used secularly as a brasserie and then as a hotel-restaurant. Since 2004, Masses have again been celebrated there according to the Tridentine form of the Roman rite by the priests of the Priestly Society of Saint Pius X. The Saint-Jacques Church which is one of the stages of the Via Lemovicensis for pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela, And the Grand temple of Bergerac, formerly of the Reformed Church of France, today of the United Protestant Church of France, place Cayla,

You have a wonderful tabacco museum as it is grown here ! See the Tobacco Anthropology Museum in the Château Peyrarède or “Henri-IV” , The Musée du vin et de la batellerie or wine and shipping museum, The Château de Lespinassat, 17-19C, The statue of Cyrano de Bergerac inaugurated in 1977 ,place de la Myrpe ,and the statue of Cyrano de Bergerac located on Place Pélissière.

The area has 12 Appellation d’Origin Controllée (AOC) including the nice ones, Bergerac, Bergerac Rosé, Bergerac Sec, the memorable Monbazillac, and Pécharmant, Of course, I have mentioned elsewhere on my wines posts, our favorite here is the Domaine de l’Ancienne Curé of the friendly Christian Roche.

The city of Bergerac and its history

The Pays Bergerac tourist office on its heritage

There you go folks, a dandy spot in my belle France. Many memories of old in my early road warrior tours, Bergerac has sentimental value and always looking forward to be back.  There is so much choices that time is ticking, will have to be this year; Bergerac is calling on me! Hope you enjoy the post as I

And remember, happy travels, good health ,and many cheers to all!!!

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