Saturday, March 12, 2011

Pézenas discoveries: Door museum and La Dordîne

Daughter descending into the Pézenas door museum
March 4 2011

After spending just one night in Pézenas, I can hardly position myself to make a lot of recommendations about the place. But I can make a few, based on the few but wonderful things we did there.

Don't miss the funky Musée de la Porte. It's really more of a depot for old doors collected by a local association than a "museum" in the true sense. Information about the doors is relatively sparse, but the place has a mysteriously chaotic feel to it and is perfect for poking around.

Entry is free, but of course donations are gladly accepted to help the association keep up its work.

Anyway, I could show you plenty of other "Portes de Pézenas," both inside and outside the museum, but if you're curious you can take a look at my Pézenas set on Flickr.

Chambres d'hôte "La Dordîne"

When I think about it, our decision to stay in Pézenas was partly based on finding the website for La Dordîne. It's a guest house, or Chambres d'hôte, right in the old town on a quiet, pedestrian street.

We stayed in the Syrah room

The rooms are adorable and amazingly reasonable in price; and the breakfast, nearly 100% homemade by the charming hosts Véronique and Aurélien, is a real treat.

My photos are downloaded and uploaded, and I have devoted two blog posts to a single one-night trip.

It's now time to leave Pézenas behind, but getting this little impromptu getaway together definitely gave me impetus to plan some similar outings during the spring.


  1. It is amazing how much even a little change of scenery can inspire! Love the door museum - what an unusual topic. It's fun to imagine what might have been behind each of those doors at one time...

  2. A door museum... I love finding these little quirky things. I ran across a shop once that only sold springs - everything from watch springs to huge springs but only springs.

  3. lovely! this is the kind of place I'd be staying in

  4. adore the idea of a door kind of place!

    what an adorable guest house, am jotting down the info should a wander ever bring me near pézenas - was there a bottle of syrah waiting for you in the syrah room!

  5. @mouse LOL, no, no wine was waiting. It was possible to buy bottles to drink in the room though, but I didn't indulge in that...

  6. End of the week, woo, woo; raise your glasses.

    PS I second croquecamille's thought that a short break can make a big difference.