When we arrived at the hotel last night, we made it clear we were here for Duck and Caves. The Desk clerk suggested hiring a driver and guide named Christophe who owns a private excursion service for the area. Christophe lives here with his wife and 3 kids and has made a nice living taking people like us to see the sites. Apparently a good living, because he drives a Tesla X!
Nice car! Anyway, he suggested picking us up at 9AM so we could be first in line to tour the Font-de-Gaume Cave which is one of the few caves you can actually see the "real" cave drawings not the reproductions. It was discovered in 1901 and contains painting and carvings that date back 15,000 years old created by the Magdalenians. Their purpose is still a mystery, probably religious or spiritual in nature, but they are beautiful!
Then we went to history museum and saw a film about the area and the Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal species.
|NEANDERTHAL MAN. We thought Trump|
If you have ever watched Rick Steeves he has a show about this place. Amazing how every human need was perched on these rock faces.
|how they added walls to the front|
|They winched heavy objects and animals up from the valley floor|
We were exhausted from climbing over rocks, etc. so we stopped for lunch before the last cave. The last was a cave called Combarelles which houses hundreds of etched animals, much smaller than Gaume, but so many more in number. These were also original! We were so lucky to be able to see them in person.
Coming back to the hotel we saw a goose farm that makes the delicious
Foie Gras of the area. Our guide states that the geese love the "force" feeding that people are so squeamish about.
They look happy!
Well that's all for tonight. I will post tomorrow about the Sarlat market that we will go to in the morning. Au Revoir!