With the end of the canal cruise, the party went their separate ways, and George and I rented a car to drive to Paris to fly home.
A search of the net turned up 'Nine of the Most Scenic Drives in Europe'. I noticed that two of them could be tacked together as part of the drive to Paris: No 4, in the Dordogne, between Sarlat-la-Canéda and Montignac, and No 3, along the Loire Valley, between Amboise and Blois.
So we took a taxi to Bordeaux airport after the boat drop-off, and drove a rental Renault via Saint-Émilion (a World Heritage listed special wine and history spot) to Sarlat-la-Canéda and then Montignac, staying in a hotel there.
Note to self (and others). Never ever do top tourist spots in Europe in July or August. Plenty traffic, rubber-neckers, and shoddy rip-the-tourists-off food and service.
Roofs of Saint-Émilion
Restaurant in Saint-Émilion square
Montignac roof-top café
Montignac waterfront restaurants. They look cute, but the food was terrible.
Lanouaille, on the road between the Dordogne and the Loire Valley
We had Bed and Breakfast at this run-down old farm-house near Amboise, grandly named Chateau Pintray.
The Eiffel Tower from a park in Sèvres