A trip to Périgueux, the capital of the Dordogne department is a wonderful weekend excursion from Bordeaux. An easy train ride brings you through pastureland and forests, and deposits you in the center of this town that has existed since neolithic times. The weather is still pleasant enough to wear shorts and stroll along the slow-moving Isle River. The daily farmer's market is in full swing, so breakfast, lunch, and dinner can be prepared with local fruits and vegetables. Specialties such as pâté, confit, and truffle-anything are also widely available. Make sure to explore the Cathedral, which has been around since 1669.