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We were looking forward to returning to this part of rural France, and we weren't disappointed. The narrow streets winding past old stone houses, and the Dordogne River, calm and peaceful until the small wall, where the water tumbled over it. The fine, warm weather certainly made the experience perfect.
We had booked a hotel, but when we tried to check-in we found it was shut until 5.00pm. (It was stated on our email that check-in was from 4.00pm, but all the hotels ...
... s an enormous cliff and if you saw it, you'd think nothing of it. This cliff has been lived on for 55,000 years by the Neanderthals and the Cro Mangons but it was busiest in the Middle Ages when people actually built houses on it! There was a church, a butchery and a smoke house! During Viking raids, villagers would use winches to haul their animals (who would pasture down below) up, pull up their ladders and get ready to defend! ...
... covered in Oaks. That is why this is referred to as the Black Perigord. The castle was once the medieval home of Simon de Montfort, who led the Cathar Crusades in the early 13th century.
Stop #3 is at the fortified village (bastide) of Domme. Domme sits high on the chiffs overlooking the Dordogne River. It is a lovely medieval town with a nice promenade along the cliff side and plenty of shops and restaurants. ...
... When we leave I am full of questions about why the art is so deep and why it was put there. Questions which cannot be answered.
We have a few hours before our next tour so head to the Prehistory Museum in Les Eyzies. This is a very impressive modern 3 story museum built into the cliff face above the town. We arrive at 11:00 and have 1 hour before lunch. The museum traces the evolution of man from “Lucy” ...
... see the frieze works of a bison licking his flank and the carved relief of lots of prehistoric horses, so at least we weren't totally skunked on the cave-art front! The views from the museum's rooftop balconies are terrific, and Douglas posed beside his ancestor, Mr. Cro-Magnon Man!
After exiting the museum, by sheer chance we wandered up the road to ...