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bastide

(bæsˈtiːd)
n
a large manor house in the south of Francea small fortified town built in the south of France in the medieval period
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The mighty Dordogne River and her sister, the Vezere, meander through gorges and meadows, past ancient troglodyte caves, bastides - fortified villages built by the British during the Hundred Years War - and magnificent chateaux.
The photographer is particularly drawn to the fortified towns (bastides) of southwestern France and the hill top villages (villages perches) of the Mediterranean region.