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Alumni Travel Reading 2018-2019: France's Dordogne Valley

Non-Fiction Works


Dordogne Valley

Town built into hillside on water
Dordogne by Pug Girl

Experience the provincial character of Dordogne for one full week in Sarlat-la-Canéda, one of the most beautiful and well-preserved medieval villages in France. Stay in the family-owned Plaza Madeleine Hôtel, formerly a grand 19th-century townhouse. Discover the region’s charming villages, medieval castles, and prehistoric treasures through specially arranged excursions and cultural enrichments, including the medieval pilgrimage site of Rocamadour and the fascinating prehistoric cave paintings of Rouffignac and Cap Blanc, all part of UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Join an optional Bordeaux pre-program.


Selected and Annotated By:
Vickie Karasic
Librarian for French and Francophone Studies

Emily Benenhaley 
Administrative Assistant

For more information, visit the Penn Alumni Travel website. 

Fiction Works


"The Duellists" movie poster

​The Duellists (Ridley Scott, 1977)
Set in Strasbourg in 1800, much of The Duellists was filmed in and around Sarlat-la-Canéda in the Dordogne region. The work is Ridley Scott’s debut feature film and won Best Debut Film at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival; the screen play is based on Joseph Conrad’s short story, “The Duel.”  Link to (a violent) trailer

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