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France: Dordogne (February 7, 2002)

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We went to Dordogne to see cave paintings. On the way there we went to Oradour. Oradour is a city that got basically vaporized by the Nazis after the French resistance killed a German general. I don't want to write about that very much. After that visit we got to Dordogne.

The next day we went to Peche-Merle, a cave with cave paintings. It was raining when we got there, and then we discovered that we were on a French tour with a field trip full of noisy students. We also discovered that there were no cameras allowed. Mom got an English manual that didn't help much for her. We saw lots of paintings and scratchings on the walls, roof and on rocks. (Dad tried taking pictures even though it wasn't allowed). There were bison, mammoths, bison, cows, mammoths, bison, horses, mammoths, bison, deer, more mammoths and more bison. We also saw lots of stalactites (rocky spikes on the roof of a cave formed by dripping water) and stalagmites (rocky spikes on the floor formed by dripping water), and even a big root that was from a live oak back at the top.

When we got out of the cave, it was so bright outside that it hurt my eyes, even though it was still raining. We took a look at the nearby museum, and then went back to our room.

Ah, yes. Our room. It was actually two rooms, a bathroom and a sleeping room. This one didn't even have a kitchen. Three beds were crammed into the sleeping room, making it hard for Joss and me to get to sleep, because Mom usually stays up reading all night.

The next day we went to Lascaux. Lascaux is one of the most famous caves in the world. There are actually two Lascaux. The first one, the real one, is not open to the public. The second one is a replica. We saw the second one. Again, we found out that it is forbidden to take pictures. Lascaux is very small, but it has a lot of cave paintings. We saw cows, horses, and lots of other stuff. We even saw a unicorn!

Back at the top Dad bought some books about Lascaux, and then we left Dordogne to spend our last few days in Crest.

 

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