Wish you were here!
We headed up to a hilltop village called Domme which holds the title as one of France’s “Most Beautiful Villages”. We had high expectations because one of Francis’ colleague-friends bought a summer home here recently on a whim, she and her husband had been visiting and said it was love-at-first-sight.
Generally, I find low expectations or no expectations are a better way to travel as I’m often pleasantly surprised… and so, probably just because I arrived expecting something exceptional, this village was a disappointment. The first thing that caught my eye was the souvenir shops and then I couldn’t find much else to do. We took a quick 15 minute stroll around and it seemed like we’d seen everything. Francis said there was a real “old France” feel to the place but I wasn’t convinced that it was worth a detour until…
We stumbled upon the public square where some people were playing the French lawn-game of petanque: there were breathtaking views out over the valley below. This village is, after all, perched atop a hill. And, flanking the square were two restaurants: one of the restaurants looked rather hum-drum but the other had a charming terrace and a yesteryear aura and panoramic views. –We’d already eaten lunch so we couldn’t try it out but I looked it up in the Michelin guide when we got “home” to our rental house and it looks like this could be a very enchanting lunch stop for our guests which could make it worth including a visit to the village on our Live-Like-a-Local itinerary.
I’d love to hear what people who’ve eaten there have to say about L’Esplande Restaurant in Domme. It looks DE-LI-CIOUS!
-Lisa Gustavson (Sojourner Tours Owner)