Bergerac Has More Than a Big Nose

For some reason the straw bag is extremely famous in Aquitaine. Even the little girls out shopping with their mothers carry around their own straw bags, and the most visited stand at the market is the one selling straw bags.

Houses in Bergerac

Going for six days to Bordeaux, I wanted to see something more. Thus, I decided to check out Bergerac two hours train ride from Bordeaux and into the countryside.

Èglise Notre-Dame
Èglise Notre-Dame

Bergerac is perhaps most known for the famous poet Cyrano de Bergerac, who though very adept in the art of poetry himself has become popular culture through Edmond Rostand’s story of him and his big nose. Even more famous after Gerard Depardieu played him in the 1990 movie Cyrano de Bergerac.

Statue of Cyrano de Bergerac
Statue of Cyrano de Bergerac

But Cyrano de Bergerac’s actual life didn’t really involve the drama of falling in love with his cousin and being embarrassed by the size of his nose, though he might have had an affair with her.

Au Plus-Que-Parfait in Bergerac
Au Plus-Que-Parfait in Bergerac

The town of Bergerac is a middle-sized French town with approximately 28,000 inhabitants – many of whom are English.

Window shutters in Bergerac
Window shutters in Bergerac

It is a well known tourist destination and known for its wine and tobacco productions and it has a picturesque town centre on the embankments of the river Dordogne.

Place Pelissière in Bergerac
Place Pelissière in Bergerac

However, it is also a town with a huge amount of large and cruel looking dogs and an above the average amount of obese women.

Street in Bergerac
Street in Bergerac

The chef at the hotel where I stayed the night was in that category and reminding me quite a lot of the sister to Aurelia in Love Actually. So much so, that I wouldn’t have been surprised had she spoken Portuguese to me or been standing there kissing Colin Firth.

Facades in Bergerac
Facades in Bergerac

I spent only a night in Bergerac, but was fortunate enough to hit the town on market day.

Market day in Bergerac
Market day in Bergerac

I love markets, and this was no different. All the French and British women each with their straw bag full of vegetables, fruits, cheese and confiture.

Baskets on offer at the market in Bergerac
Baskets on offer at the market in Bergerac

For some reason the straw bag is extremely famous in Aquitaine. Even the little girls out shopping with their mothers carry around their own straw bags, and the most visited stand at the market is the one selling straw bags. I was so very close at buying one for myself, but I simply couldn’t pick one out of all the different shapes and colours.

Cork decoration
Cork decoration

So without a straw bag I am heading back to Bordeaux for another few nights before returning to Paris.

Zofka

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