Meyronne – charming French village in the south of France
If you are looking for cobblestones, friendly French people and a castle by a river, I have just the place for you in the Midi-Pyrénées region of southern France. Meyronne is perfectly situated for a visit to the Dordogne Valley and a great base for hiking, horseback riding, canoeing and enjoying the Dordogne river.
It has a beautiful chapel classified as a “historical monument,” a campsite and a hotel-restaurant called La Terrasse with wonderful views over the river, a perfect spot for a romantic dinner.
The French Cheese Plate
Perhaps you’ve heard of the French Paradox? Somehow the French people have low incidents of coronary heart disease, while being able to enjoy rich, creamy butter, fresh cheeses, foie gras and macaroons. Is it true that red wine decreases the incidence of cardiac diseases? I’ll leave those questions to the scientific community. I will say that the French know how to enjoy good food and wine.
One of my favorite meals during my tour of the Midi-Pyrénées region was at La Terrasse while looking out onto the Dordogne river. I will always remember this place, as this is where I learned of the French cheese cart and the wonders of local cheeses. Sure, I have tasted cheese from Gruyere, Switzerland and Spain’s Basque cheese called Idiazabal – all excellent regional cheeses, but Rocamadour goat cheese is something else.
Dining in France’s Dordogne Valley
As we were ushered out to the patio for dinner, the view of the Dordogne valley embraced us. It is clear that the food, from meat to produce, is locally sourced. The colors of the carrots, peas and asparagus pop on the plate. The garden fresh flavors, along with local beef, ravioli foie gras, regional wines and cheese make this dinner a standout in my Midi-Pyrénées travels.
If You Go:
Canoeing: Port Loisirs ( 05 65 32 27 59) www.compagnie-sports-nature.com
Copeyre Canoës (05 65 32 72 61) www.copeyre.com
Safaraid (05 65 37 44 87) www.canoe-kayak-dordogne.com
Climbing, caving, biking: Port Loisirs (05 65 32 27 59) www.compagnie-sports-nature.com
Camping : La Plage ( 05 65 32 23 26) www.camping-laplage.com
Eating/Sleeping: La Terrasse (05 65 32 21 60) www.hotel-la-terrasse.com