• The Périgord of “Bruno, Chief of Police”

    A Politics & Prose and Wild Blue Yonder trip with


    Martin Walker


    Session 1: Wednesday, April 10 – Wednesday, April 17, 2024


    Session 2:   Wednesday, April 17 – Wednesday, April 24, 2024


    These trips are SOLD OUT


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    If you’re a fan of Martin Walker’s Bruno, Chief of Police mysteries set in France, you know that Bruno is only fictional. But his region, Périgord Nord in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, is quite real, as are the foods and wines and markets and castles and characters that Bruno encounters in his adventures. As it happens, writer Martin Walker lives just outside of the town of Le Bugue, France, suspiciously similar to Bruno’s St. Denis.

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    Join Politics & Prose on an exploration of this unique part of France, well known for its food specialties (truffles, walnuts, foie gras) and wines (Bruno loves wine!). A highlight of the trip will be spending time with Martin Walker.
    We’ll spend one whole day in “St. Denis,” tasting wines at Bruno’s favorite wine shop, and then going on to Martin’s house, where we’ll enjoy a leisurely lunch while Martin pours us some of his favorite wines and regales us with stories about the region.

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    We’ll begin our stay in Bordeaux, a world-renowned center for wine and gastronomy. Its 18th century buildings of warm golden stone border the broad river Garonne. The city itself is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was a historic trading center in the 1700s for wine, coffee, cocoa, sugar,cotton, and indigo and – sadly – enslaved peoples from Africa.  

    Then we’ll move on to the medieval town of Sarlat-la-Canéda, with its beautifulyellow sandstone buildings housing restaurants and shops. Small and extremelywalkable, Sarlat has more historic monuments than any other town in France.Martin will take us on a walking history tour there.

    Politics & Prose trips are made up of small (maximum 18 people) groups of congenial people who, like you, love to read. You’ll have two experienced trip leaders with you each day – on a trip that features many of Martin Walker’s favorite places in the region.


    Please note that we may make changes to this itinerary in response to unexpected closings, road conditions, weather or
    other unforeseen events.

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    Session 1: Tuesday, April 9                   

    Session 2: Tuesday, April 16

    Depart from home for your overnight flight. You will change planes at a European airport and continue on to Bordeaux, France.

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    Session 1: Wednesday, April 10                  

    Session 2: Wednesday, April 17

    Arrive in Bordeaux. You’ll have the afternoon free to catch up on your sleep from your flight, or begin to explore Bordeaux’s cafés, museums and shops. Our hotel is located in the center of town in a gracious old building restored to contemporary tastes. You’ll find Bordeaux a very walkable city, and it also has an astonishingly quiet tram system to help you get around.

    6pm. Meet in the hotel for orientation for the week.

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    Session 1: Thursday, April 11             

    Session 2: Thursday, April 18

    10:00am We depart from the hotel for a walking tour of some of the most spectacular of the city’s UNESCO sites: the Port de la Lune (Moon Port) that has defined its character for centuries, the spacious Place de la Bourse, the Miroir d’Eau fountain on the river walkway, the ancient St. Pierre district and much more. We’ll break for lunch where you’ll have your choice of a number of charming outdoor cafés.