PERIGORD & DORDOGNE
The Perigord, which corresponds roughly to the current Dordogne departement, is for many people the picture-perfect image of the French countryside, a gentle landscape of patchwork fields, hilltop towns, turreted mansions and jade green woods. It is also the spiritual home to two of the country's enduring culinary passions - foie gras and the black truffle! The Périgord region is famous for its stunning cave paintings, as well as for its many fortified chateaux and bastide towns - reminders of the bloody battles waged here during the Middle Ages and the Hundred Years' War. There are four different geographic Perigord designations: the White Perigord, the Purple Perigord, the Green Perigord and the Black Perigord.