Continue south on the RN21 from Thiviers and Périgueux, the 'capital' of the Dordogne, and its administrative centre, is just 35 kms away. There is a magnificent medieval quarter, partly given over to a pedestrian shopping precinct, with several squares where it is pleasant to sit sipping an aperitif to the sounds of live jazz or to eat outside in one of the many French and ethnic restaurants.
This is a very old town, with ancient Roman ruins, a history as a major trading centre and its golden times during the Renaissance. The Cathedral, with its famous domes dominate the skyline and the winding narrow alleys and streets, making it a fascinating place to visit, and a must on one's tourist list.
Market days are Wednesdays and Saturdays. Throughout the Summer there are also evening markets, sound and light shows, concerts and in early August the International Contemporary Mime Festival. Winter is equally busy with a Sinfonia Music Festival in the Autumn; an International Cookbook Fair in November; Fat Markets in winter; Christmas concerts; Carnival in February and flower festivals in the Spring.
A must to visit is the recently constructed
Vesunna Gallo-Roman Museum
"This site must be protected and preserved with nobility, clarity and the sensibility of today's culture".
The Vesunna, Gallo-Roman Museum, is located in the heart of the ancient city of Périgueux, founded by the Romans in the first century, near the Tour de Vésone and the late Roman Empire ramparts.
The Museum houses the remains of a grand Gallo-Roman residence, adorned with painted plaster work, known as Domus de Vésone.
Jean Nouvel won the competition for the design in 1993.
For more information visit the town's web site: www.ville-perigueux.fr
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