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Back in France again.

First, apologies to many who have visited my gallery recently, but I have not had internet access for a while and couldn't reply in any way.

The very old and charming medieval town of Sarlat, just north of the Dordogne River, is the capital of the Périgord Noir part of Périgord, the old name for the Dordogne département in northern Aquitaine. Its market last Saturday was a bustling and colourful scene, spreading from the square shown here into lots of tiny streets and lanes. The produce is heavily accented towards the specialities of the region, duck, goose and foie gras. I entered one restaurant in which there was nothing on the menu which wasn't derived from duck or accompanied by a layer of foie gras; I even observed it in dessert dishes. I don't have much fondness, I have to say, for ducks or their gizzards, unfortunately, but there was a marvellous array of other fresh produce on display and one could barely move at times in the crowd of early holiday makers from all over Europe.

This photo was taken beside the church of Sainte-Marie (to my right but not shown), looking across the Place de la Liberté towards the tower of the cathedral of Saint-Sacerdos. On the left of the square, with the weather vane on top, is the Hôtel de Ville. I liked the sculpture of the young man but have not yet been able to find any details on the internet, and of course I was in too much of a hurry to find a plaque with the sculptor's name.

The scene was strongly back-lit and I have done some 'home made' HDR on this one, using layers in Photoshop, leaving the sole dark cloud perhaps a bit too dark!

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