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"First Pay Homage to the Goose (1)" Top 5 Page for this destination Sarlat-la-Canéda Things to Do Tip by hquittner

Sarlat-la-Canéda Things to Do: 42 reviews and 97 photos

  Pl. des Oies
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  • Pl. des Oies - Sarlat-la-Canéda
      Pl. des Oies
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  • 3 Geese and a Tired Tourist - Sarlat-la-Canéda
      3 Geese and a Tired Tourist
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  • Hotel Plamon (left) - Sarlat-la-Canéda
      Hotel Plamon (left)
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  • The Giant Squinch - Sarlat-la-Canéda
      The Giant Squinch
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  • Hotel Gisson (Wall of St. Marie's left) - Sarlat-la-Canéda
      Hotel Gisson (Wall of St. Marie's left)
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We started our walk around Sarlat at the Place des Oies (Goose Market Square). We did this to honor the singular poultry preoccupation of the region (with a market every Saturday) and also because the recommended walk around Sarlat is circular and this point was nearest to our hotel. The square is difficult to orient. It is roughly triangular and slopes upward towards its western base. Up the street to the north from the signature statue via the r. des Consuls is the Hotel Selves de Plamon, a 12C home of a draper who was elected town consul. (Across from it is the Fountain of Ste. Marie--sorry no picture). The Consul's home is quite notable with a magnificent set of windows on the first floor and arcades below. At the far corner is a giant squinch which supports a balcony but has nothing in the space below. On the north perimeter (right side) of the upward sloping square is the Gisson residence, a 16C Renaissance building. Note the tower staircases here and nearby. The area is closed off to the south by a building which is the disused Church of St. Mary, now a crafts shopping mall. (A separate Tip). Walking away from the geese, around to the east side of the church, one enters the north end of the Place de la Liberte. This spot is where the choir of the church once stood.

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