Friday, August 15, 2008
On the way home from collecting my pictures from the exhibition in St Yrieix, I stopped to visit Marqueyssac, the magical gardens spread over a limestone bluff above the Dordogne. From here one takes in the whole fabulous panorama of the Dordogne river, the castles of Beynac and Castelnau, and the villages of Domme and La Roque Gageac. As the light faded, the full moon was aided by thousands of candles lining the convoluted paths of this Italian inspired garden. A group of musicians strummed Jango Reinhart compilations on the grassy promenade, and near the pavilion, an organ grinder with a rich voice filled the night with his sad songs of failed love.
Marqueyssac will definitely be on the itinerary next year for a painting workshop.