Sunday, May 13, 2007

St Cirq Lapopie and the Peche Merle caves

In fairy tales I read when I was small, the houses all looked like these ones in the beautiful village of Saint-Cirq Lapopie. The village is perched on a cliff 100 m (330 ft) above the river Lot and is one of the major beauty spots of the Lot valley. It said something on the village sign about being "Un des plus beaux village de France".

There were lots of roses out and things to smell...
Lots of cutey French dogs too...

Richard's friend Keith has an amazing connection with other worlds....he suggested we make a trip to Peche Merle.

This incredible cave was discovered in 1922 by 2 boys aged 15 & 16 years old. There had been an upper level already discovered at the turn of the century but the boys found a deeper level, one which had paintings from 25,000 years before. Bison, mammoths & hyena roamed these parts of the world & even though the cave has always stayed at a temperature of 12 and a half degrees C when the ancient people left their drawings & footprints it would have been minus 30 outside.
Can you imagine these boys with a candle & a knife, scrabbling from cavern to cavern, uncovering stuff that had been sealed off from the world since the last ice age?
This picture is from the caves website and is of the clearest painting. Two spotted horse with hand prints around them.

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