Destination Southwestern France: Domme & Beynac-et-Cazenac

Beynac-et-Cazenac, FR | ©Tom Palladio ImagesMy photo shoot around southwestern France continues as I now find myself following in the bold footsteps of armor-clad knights of old who defended the ramparts of two picture-postcard perfect medieval towns: Domme and Beynac-et-Cezenac.

Designated as Les plus beaux villages de France (The most beautiful villages of France), these are two of the most photogenic rock-and-mortar locales within the country’s old Périgord Noir region that is now the Dordogne department of the vast region of the Aquitaine.

Domme, with its historical connection to the mysterious Knights Templar, is known as the “Akropolis of the Périgord” due to its bird’s-eye view of the scenic Dordogne valley below; and, Beynac-et-Cazenac with its well-kept Château de Beynac.

©The Palladian Traveler | ©Tom Palladio Images

The Palladian Traveler's Borsalino over cobblestone | ©Tom Palladio Images


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Tom swapped his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "cappello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


  1. Very skillfully taken photographs of some beautiful scenery. Keep them coming – they are cheaper than airfare across the pond. 🙂


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