Nick Discovers the Dordogne 2006 travel blog

'Tour de France!' En route to Carennac through the French countryside

Carennac's typical 'Quercy' architecture...something about the roofs

Carennac...The Last Judgement missing one Apostle!

View from the Bottom of the Padirac Chasm!

Neil, Fionna, and I make our way down the scaffold to the...

It's the little things...hand soap on a metal stick!

A mixed message, perhaps...forget Dunkin' Donuts-what gasoline station isn't improved by a...

My conversation with Sue about Grand Theft Auto III intricacies has put...

Not much left to the imagination, eh. Required by French law! Sue:...

Restaurant du Chateau in Rocamadour..a beautiful setting, the best dinner of the...

I only started taking pictures of my dinner because everybody else was...

Food Pornography, Second course, at the Restaurant du Chateau in Rocamadour

French karaoke night in Rocamadour. Frankly (ha ha get it) the singing...


Carennac is much like Beaulieu, with cobbled streets, etc. etc., complete with its own 12th Century Romanesque Church. The tympanum here shows Christ in his majesty, with 11 apostles to either side. What happened to the 12th? Perhaps the town exhausted its public works budget for 1300.

Carennac is also known for its typical 'Quercy' architecture. I think that has something to do with the roofs!

The most interesting part of the day for me was pausing in Padirac to see the 'Gouffre de Padirac, the "Chasm of Padirac." 75 m deep and 30 m wide, with a huge underground cave complex and underground stream you can take a boat through!!!

It is quite an amazing chasm--I've not seen the like...

How was it formed? Forget the 'scientific' explanations which became current in the 19th century. The real story is as follows. St. Martin was returning from an expedition where he had unsuccessfully been looking for souls to save. Suddenly his mule refused to go any farther, as Satan appeared before him, carrying a sack of souls he was taking to Hell! Satan mocked him and bet him the sack if his mule would cross an obstacle that he, the devil, would create on the spot. The devil hit the ground and the chasm opened! St. Martin, undaunted, coaxed his mule to jump over the chasm! Miraculous! Satan, enraged, gave him the souls, and jumped back into hell through the chasm he created!

I know, it sounds a bit fanciful, but you can still see the hoofprints in the stone where the mule landed! So it must be true!



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