Another couple of hours took us just out of the Dordogne into Charente, to Aubeterre-sur-Dronne. Aubeterre is a ‘beau village’, well-named, on a rocky outcrop above the river Dronne. We had a wonderful – if warm (36 degrees) – afternoon wandering around.
There is an unusual subterranean church; a chateau; a village perched on the sides of a steep hill; unusual antique shops; a square filled with the buzz of cafés and restaurants; narrow streets; sweeping countryside views. Beautiful indeed.
|The subterranean church of Saint-Jean|
|Pickle wasn't sure what she was looking at...|
|The chateau and visitors|
|A seemingly random statue in the cloisters|
|Romanesque church from the twelfth century - only the facade remains. The rest was destroyed in the religious wars of the sixteenth century|
And the campsite was a delight. Next to the municipal plage of imported sand, it was easy to swim in the river above the weir. Crowded but casual, riotous – teenagers pushing each other off the raft, sliding down the weir and doing back flips off a fence into the river – but relaxed. Lovely.
We stayed another day!