After lunch in Chateau de Lissac, our next stop was a chocolatier – where I finally found our how they made those hollow chocolates (you know like the Easter egg ones or the chocolate bunnies) before heading to our home for the night in a little town called Terrasson.

Best part of the evening? Plans for dinner were for us to head to a Michelin star restaurant!

Home for the night was the L’Imaginaire hotel, which is set in a stately French house with apparently, a rather impressive garden. We arrived a tad too late to see the garden but not too late to squeeze in a little jaunt around the town so I hurriedly chucked my stuff in the room and headed out to see what Terrasson was like before dinner.

First though – a quick tour of my suite at L’Imaginaire…

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Gotta admit, I just love how spacious and airy the entire place felt! Definitely not a bad place to be calling home for the night!

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On the way out, I walked past the restaurant we would be dining in (which was in the hotel as well) and couldn’t resist a sneak peek!

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Eventually, (after some insistence from Lloyd), we finally left the hotel in search of what Terrasson had to offer.

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There’s nothing quite like aimlessly wandering and getting lost in a place you’re looking to explore. It’s kind of the best way to see sights you perhaps wouldn’t otherwise…

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Like the artisan glassmaker going about his business…

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Or the cute little streets lined with rustic yet pretty French houses…

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…and even cuter residents!

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Terrasson was proving to be quite the unexpected surprise…

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Walking up the hill next to the cathedral is perhaps of the best views of the town…

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Apparently, Terrasson is a sleepy little town and not necessarily a tourist hotspot but from walking around, it’s safe to say this should not be the case at all. It definitely feels like one of the places to visit in France if you want a true French experience. (It’s probably worth noting that one of girls at the hotel told us that if we thought this was pretty – wait till we saw the other places we would be visiting during our time in the Dordogne

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One of the main sights to see here is the Cathedral though, given the time of our arrival into Terrasson, we’d missed the opportunity to go into it… though you don’t really need to go in to get a sense of how impressive it is!

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Slowly, we started to amble our way back to the hotel…

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…where a glass of bubbly was waiting for us along with little snacks to get us ready for dinner!

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We started off with a rather delicious Mise en bouche…
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Swiftly followed by finely shave Foie Gras…

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…amply assisted by a delicious French white wine.

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Asparagus was next on menu (with candied shallots, morels mushrooms, cream and roasted hazelnuts).

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Then came my favourite – the red mullet fillet, served with a reduced fish soup jus.

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The sweets then came in the form of a delicious coconut pannacotta with mango sorbet and corriander emulsion. (So sooooo good!)

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Before we finished off with roasted pineapple served with smoked white Opalys chocolate!

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(Oh, we also had petits fours and coffee to finish everything off!)

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Our first day in the Dordogne Valley and already I was in love with the place! Needless to say it, I finished dinner very much looking forward to experiencing more of the region over the next few days.


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  • You really have a nose for stunning places! The room is very nice, all the views you posted are to die for and… o gosh.. small French streets are so beautiful!

    Aria

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    • HandLuggageOnly

      The whole area of Dordogne was stunning! It’s so picturesque – we fell in love with it.

      So glad you liked it too Arianna, we definitely have similar tastes in travel! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • I love how quintessentially French this town looks! I would love to wander around and get lost here. Looking forward to read more about your roadtrip. 🙂

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It really is one of those towns – you just want to wander through it’s cobbled streets all day! We loved every piece of the town too!

      Lloyd & Yaya 🙂

  • What a charming town! Although touristy places are always great to visit because there’s so much to offer, there’s nothing like being able to tuck away to a quiet, beautiful place!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It was so beautiful – it really felt like we’d fallen into an old French movie! Haha! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

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