What to Bring:
- Slippers (floor is tile/wood and can be cold)
- Layers (temperature change at night). Pashminas are ideal for ladies.
- Very good walking shoes. The village is steep and cobbled, not ideal for high heels.
- Groceries for your stay
- Laptop (fiber optic wifi is available)
- Map – the best is Michelin #337 Lot, Tarn-et-Garonne, available on Amazon and very available in the Tabac shops there. Excellent to have with you when you drive in.
- GPS on your phone is handy.
- There are many tour books at the house so no need to bring one. “The Rough Guide to Dordogne and the Lot” by Jan Dodd is a good overview of the area if you want to prepare.
- DOWNLOAD “Day of Arrival” from this website for important info
What you’ll find at the house:
- Travel books/maps (loads of them)
- Market basket
- Electric converters
- Towels and Sheets
- Coffee maker
- Cooking utensils
Contact info for owners:
Ann Lokey and Mark Clausen, Mercer Island WA: 206-261-1218 cell; firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-ordered Gourmet meal: If you would like a gourmet meal awaiting your arrival (or during your stay), let me know! If we have a chef available, I will send you a menu.
Check-in time: after 4 PM
Money: There is an ATM at the top of the village. Some US debit/credit cards do not work in Europe. Paying with a credit card works everywhere EXCEPT in the markets where cash may be easiest. Plan to withdraw Euros either at the Toulouse airport ATM or at the ATM in St Cirq Lapopie. Do not change money at the US airport before you leave, as the exchange rate is terrible (you will lose about 20%).
Language: Many village residents speak English. You may wish to practice basic phrases before you go (greetings, ordering food, buying goods, etc.).
NOTE: It is customary to say “Bonjour” before starting a conversation about ANYTHING with anyone.