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Mar 11, 2014 - Decorated Caves of the Vézère Valley x2

Today I decided to go back to the Decorated Caves of the Vézère Valley because they were just so breath taking I needed another day. The objects and works of art found in the Vézère Valley bear extremely rare witness to long-extinct civilizations which are very difficult to understand. This material is of universal interest as being exceptional from historic as well as ethnological, anthropological and aesthetic points of view. Certain of the figurative ensembles of the caves of the Vézère are universally recognized as masterpieces of...

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Mar 10, 2014 - Lascaux cave

Today i visited the Prehistoric Sites and Decorated Caves of the Vézère Valley. they were very beautiful and an all around wonderful experience. The Vézère valley contains 147 prehistoric sites dating from the Palaeolithic and 25 decorated caves. It is particularly interesting from an ethnological and anthropological, as well as an aesthetic point of view because of its cave paintings, especially those of the Lascaux Cave, whose discovery in 1940 was of great importance for the history of prehistoric art. The hunting scenes show some 100...

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Mar 9, 2014 - Caza Pizza

Hostellerie de la Roseraie is the hotel im staying at. I woke up around 5 and with a big day of exploring the Caves of the Vézère Valley the next few days I decided to stay around my hotel for the rest of the day and explore the scenery. I had lunch at Caza Pizza which i must say is the best pizza i have ever had in my life. Dinner waws served at the hotel. Very good. I went to sleep at 9:30.

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Jan 11, 2014 - Alban

Well this was a real gem. The Aire is down by the river & to the side of a large camp site. This is obviously a popular summer place as the Aire is large as well. The camp site is closed & we are the only motorhome on the Aires, which is for motorhomes only. The village of Eulalie D'Olt is wonderful. It is only a short walk along the river bank to the town which is really old with narrow windy streets. The houses are very old in the town centre, we saw one dated 1647. Everything is beautifully preserved, I think it is the loveliest old town...

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Oct 22, 2013 - Cheeses look at that Bridge!

We went inland toward Millau so we could cross over the Millau Viaduct. Ken had seen a documentary showing the building of this bridge and we were quite pleased it was only just over an hours drive from Pezenas. It was certainly an impressive structure and quite windy to drive over. We went over and back.... just for the fun of it and paid 7€ each way for the privilege. So now we can state we've been over it in both directions and under it as well.... it's certainly been done!! We also visited the town of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon to visit the...

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Excuse My French

Oct 7, 2013 - beaches and backroads

Good-bye to Fayence and hello to the next part of this trip, heading to Toulouse, France. A group decision was made to head west for a bit and then south to the coast for a nice leisurely drive along the French Riviera. Great decision! The road took us through St. Tropez and along the waterfront, winding inland up and over the passes between towns. Lunch was a picnic out on the breakwater in Cavalaire with the sun shining down on us, a guy fishing off the end of the rocks and a slight breeze making the day perfect and fresh. Without a care...

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Oct 3, 2013 - Up, up and away

02 Oct - We had a great day today with a long hike through the neighbouring village of Tourrettes and across the countryside to the hilltop village of Callian. Every village in this area is perched on a hilltop so it means much climbing and descending as you make your way along. As you may know hills are not Donna’s favorite thing - in fact right about now they rank up there with mornings. Truth be told, it was a very picturesque hike and we celebrated our arrival in Callian with a yummy pizza at the very busy café. Our 2 PM bus never...

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Jul 22, 2013 - De nuevo en Toulouse. Comienza la vuelta

Hoy hemos estado en la Ciudad del Espacio, un parque temático aquí, en Toulouse, centrado en el espacio (desde naves espaciales, hasta astronomía y el origen del universo). Del estilo de Futuroscope. Lo que más nos ha gustado han sido,precisamente, las proyecciones en 3D y en pantallas esféricas, que conseguían también buenos efectos tridimensionales. Además hemos visto equipamiento del que usan los astronautas, una réplica de algunos trasbordadores espaciales,las mujeres que han participado en viajes espaciales (un 10%, rondando los 57) y...

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Julio en Provenza

Jul 22, 2013 - Albi

Ya estamos en los últimos cartuchos y por ello, tenemos que aprovecharlos al máximo. Esta mañana hemos salido del hotel sin tener claro el destino ya que aunque teníamos previsto ir a Albi por la mañana y llegar a Toulouse para la tarde, la información que recogimos ayer sobre la zona del Aveyron nos ha tentado tanto como para poner en peligro la planificación. Finalmente hemos decidido seguir según lo previsto y apuntar para otra Rodez, Najac, Rocamadour,.... Esta vez hemos cogido carretera en lugar de pasar por el viaducto, así que ha...

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Jul 20, 2013 - Roquefort-Sur-Soulzon, Millau

El día de hoy ha sido intenso. Hemos tenido un largo viaje (más de 400 km), con una circulación muy densa y espectaculares atascos según nos acercábamos a peajes. Esto ha hecho que, en lugar de viajar durante 4 horas hayamos estado más de 6 horas en el coche. Hemos vuelto por la misma autopista por la que nos dirigimos a la ida hasta Montpellier y luego hemos ido hacia el norte porque nuestros objetivos para hoy estaban en Larzac: Roquefort-Sur-Soulzon (para ver la fabricación del queso de Roquefort) y un viaducto imponente que ha diseñado...

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Julio en Provenza

Jul 12, 2013 - Hasta Toulouse

La llegada al hotel Le Clocher de Rodez ha sido fácil (gracias al tomtom,jeje). Es la zona de la Plaza Juana de Arco y está muy bien comunicada con metro y autobuses. Contamos también con parking frente al hotel. Estamos a pocos pasos de la zona centro de Toulouse: el ayuntamiento y la catedral de San Saturnino están a dos pasos. Para llegar vamos paseando por un ancho boulevard peatonal plagado de tiendas ya cerradas a estas horas. A penas se ve gente por esta calle aunque la temperatura es muy agradabele e incita al paseo, y además, las...

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May 25, 2013 - Millau Viaduct and Sévérac-le-Château

Today we rose early to load the car and straighten up the gite then headed east toward Narbonne then north on the A75 towards Clermont-Ferrand where we would spend the night. Our route took us across the Millau Viaduct, the tallest bridge in the world completed in 2004 with its highest tower measuring 1,118 feet. The Millau Viaduct is a harp-type cable-stayed bridge that spans the Tarn River. It's seven towers support a deck 2460 meters long, making it also the longest cable-stayed suspended deck in the world. It is a beautiful pristine...

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