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... Although they never fought head to head. The English ruled Aquitaine after Eleanor of Aquitaine married Henry II, King of England. The castle owners always seemed to be on the losing side of every conflict. The earliest record is in the 13th century when Simon de Montfort took it from the Cathar Bernard de Casnac who eventually took it back. During the Hundred Years War it was loyal to the Plantagenets (British) ...
When I was growing up it was commonly believed that "Cavemen" were not far removed from animals and really didn't show up on the evolutionary scale until about 10,000 BC. It is now believed that prehistoric Cro-Magnon people were very much like modern people. Their brains were the same size as ours and there is evidence of jewelry making, decorative carving and stone tools. They lived in societies, hunted and buried their dead. All ...
One reason we are here is to canoe on the Dordogne River. It is wide, slow and lined with charming medieval towns and stunning scenery. The day dawns clear and promises to be warm and sunny all day. Perfect!
Our host recommends Roquegeoffre for a canoe rental. We find them just west of Beynac. They take us up river 14 km and drop us off with a canoe, paddles and life jackets for just 11 euros each. A bargain. The river is ...
... is part of an ongoing archeological dig. The current owner has been privately overseeing the archeology and restoration of the area for nearly 40 years. They have found caves with beautiful carvings of horses and rock sculptures of ancient fertility goddesses. The troglodyte caves under the chateaux are neatly excavated and show what it must have been like to live there. The castle itself was founded around the start of the ...
... for the rulers to live in. During the 100 Years War it was the site of several battles and eventually burned. The stone was quarried for other buildings so what is left are ruins. Still it is easy to see where things were and get an idea of what they were like. They have done a good job of showing the settlement in 15,000 BC, 800 AD, and 1300 AD.
By the time we get home the sun is out and it feels like summer. ...