Castelnaud; La Roque-Gageac

Saturday, October 30, 2010

On Thursday, we visited Castelnaud-la-Chappelle, a small town whose claim to fame is the Château de Castelnaud, a medieval fortress built in opposition to - and thus directly facing - Château de Beynac. The Château de Castelnaud is huge, picturesque, and is now a popular museum with all sorts of reconstructions of medieval weaponry. We might have been the only family there without a child under ten.

At the top of the castle were - you guessed it - more stunning views of Castelnaud-la-Chappelle, Beynac, and the nearby countryside.

That night, we had what will surely be our most indulgent meal of the week at La Belle Etoile, an amazing restaurant in the sleepy town of La Roque-Gageac.

We all had local aperitifs (my dad and I had vin du noix - walnut-flavored wine!), rilletes (a more meaty version of pâté) and pumpkin soup. For our appetizers, we had foie gras, sea bass, and rabbit (ick); for the main courses, guinea fowl, sole, and - my favorite - veal in a creamy mushroom sauce. But the desserts are what we'll remember the best - homemade sorbet with beautiful fresh fruit, souflé with a Grand Marnier ice cream, and a chocolate raspberry tartlette. Topped off with a bottle of wine and coffees all around, we basically had to waddle home.


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