We've spent three weeks in the Cotswolds driving and walking through picture postcard villages.
We've followed the "Black and White Trail" in Shropshire.
We've climbed through many hilltop villages in Provence,
wandered through the old town in Annecy and strolled along its pristine lake .....
but Sarlat wins the prize for the prettiest village we've ever seen !
It's constructed of a beautiful honey coloured stone reminiscent of the golden Cotswold stone.
Perfectly preserved in its Medieval grandeur it sits quietly in the Perigord Noir region of France.
Hugely popular with tourists, more than two million visit this spectacular little town each Summer.
Luckily for us the season is drawing to a close and the tourist numbers have dropped to a trickle making the experience for us a very special one.
Waiters and merchants have time to spend talking and joking with us and it is these little moments that make a visit so memorable.
We've wandered the little streets and narrow laneways lined with restaurants where the preoccupation with all things "duck" could make dining out a trifle repetitive.
We've eaten LOTS of duck dishes,
sampled and devoured delightful cheeses,
and lashed out on another slab of nougat !
We've shopped at markets and purchased odd looking tomatoes
luscious figs and the best strawberries you've ever tasted
Using our finds to make a simple, delicious lunch fit for a king.