A town in a squeeze

My Best Shot

October 21, 2007

In late June, as we were driving along the Dordogne in Perigord, southwest France, we came upon the tiny town of La Roque-Gageac. It is squeezed between limestone cliffs and the river, with just enough room on its narrow main street for two cars to pass. In January 1957, a huge mass of the cliff came crashing down on the village (toward the far end of the photo), killing three and destroying a dozen homes. With that exception, the town is much as it was three centuries ago.

Gary Vikan, Baltimore

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