June 20th 2019
Monpazier, a few miles South-East of Bergerac is probably the most famous of the Bastide, fortified, towns.
It’s the one by which the others are judged.
We used a free Aire de Camping Car, 5 minutes walk to town for the 2 nights we were there. It was basic but shady (essential during the heatwave experienced by central France currently).
We did the obligatory lunchtime Rosé at a cafe in the centre then an evening meal the following night, Friday.
What was surprising was how empty it was on a Friday night. I expect it will be packed come August but it was a bit of a ghost town today.
The only activity came from a lively bar, at the main gate, full of British twenty-somethings, presumably making use of mummy’s and daddy’s holiday home.
Anyway it was a surprise to find that Eymet is more lively out of season.
I think we need to return on market day. All the Bastide towns spring into life on a market day as people converge from miles around.
You can literally spend your week driving to the different markets….which isn’t a bad way to spend your week really.