I’m writing to say how much we’ve enjoyed our recent holidays in the Monédières region of Limousin, in the Department of Corrèze.
It’s the perfect place for a driving holiday because, for such a scenic area, the roads are surprisingly empty… an absolute delight to the average jaundiced UK driver! The region is typified by rounded hills (some as high as the UK’s Lake district), and is dotted with pretty mediaeval villages… not the ‘Plus Beaux Villages’ types that especially in the summer, seem to be a victim of their own success. These are ‘real’ villages where local people live and work as they always have.
We have stayed in gites and Chambre d’Hotes around the village of Corrèze, which is another delightful village with a mediaeval centre, set in the rural heart of the department of Corrèze (along with the river that gives its name to both). To the north are the hills of the Monédières, to the south the falls of Gimel-les-Cascades and to the east, the stunning Dordogne Valley.
Sadly (and this is my main motivation for writing), Corrèze is blighted with barking dogs. They are often left outside, chained to kennels or in compounds, under-stimulated and (it seems) under-exercised. They sometimes bark for hours non-stop, daytime and nighttime, yet somehow the owners and their neighbours don’t seem to notice. Unfortunately for the tourist business, a lot of people ‘en vacances’ who we’ve met over the years (as well as some gites owners) find that it spoils their holiday, and in some cases is the biggest reason not to come back.
I’m sure the local authorities could do more to discourage this, but possibly it’s only the ‘Plus Beaux Villages’ that have recognized the importance of tourism…