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  SIGHTSEEING IN THE AREA
LOT ET GARONNE, LOT, DORDOGNE
GITE BORIE BONAGUIL
Karen and Andrew Warden
Le Hameau de Borie
47500 Fumel
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  Chateau de Bonaguil : a stunning castle, a place of great interest for everyone. Bonaguil is a 13th century castle, which was a much simpler castle than the one we see now, despite its imposing appearance, it was never attacked and never used for military purposes, largely constructed in the second part of the 15th century.

In the summer, Chateau Bonaguil hosts a magnificent firework display, music spectacular, medieval displays, opera's and theatrical plays.

Monpazier : Founded in 1284 by King Edward I of England with the help of Pierre de Gontaut, Lord of Biron, it was only during the reign of King Charles V of France (1366-1380) that the bastide became definitively French.

Despite the ravages of time and the Hundred Years War, and the Wars of Religion, Monpazier has remained remarkably unchanged during its seven hundred year long existence. A truly wonderful place to visit, with shops, restaurants, coffee bars, and a local produce market every Thursday.

Chateau de Biron : Chateau de Biron is wonderful castle, located close to Monpazier, set on a hilltop, it can be seen from many vantage points in the area, each time looking more splendid than the time before. Within the walls of the chateau you will see some beautiful rooms, dating from the different periods.

Most interesting perhaps, there is a fascinating 16th century chapel, on two levels - the lower chapel was for the villagers, and the higher chapel for the lords, who believed they should be a little bit closer to heaven at prayer time!

Monflanquin : Set on a hilltop is a very well preserved medieval town, and probably one of the most intact examples of a bastide town. With spectacular views from the hilltop looking over the beautiful countryside of Lot et Garonne, the Dordorgne and Chateau de Biron in the distance. In the central square, the Place des Arcades, has beautifully preserved arcades with some fine buildings, most noteworthy is the 'House of the Black Prince', who stayed here for a while during the Hundred Year War, and not surprisingly had the best house for himself! Monflanquin also has medieval festivals with exhibitions of falconry and people dressed in costume