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View of Hautefort Chateau from what used to be the main entrance.

Rocamadour

Our destination for the day was Rocamadour a town that was built on the side of a cliff. At the site they have a designated parking place for motorhomes, you have to love the French they make it very easy for motor homers. We parked up among the many others already there and felt glad that we are out of the season as I would hate to think of the crowded carpark then. We bought a return ticket for the funicular and went to explore the town.

Road view.

Road view.

The courtyard of the church in Rocamadour.

The courtyard of the church in Rocamadour.

Jenny and Lori.

Jenny and Lori.

Door in the courtyard of the church.

Door in the courtyard of the church.

Another view of the church courtyard.

Another view of the church courtyard.

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Door leading into the chapel.

Door leading into the chapel.

Iron work on the door.

Iron work on the door.

From the top level it’s about 150 metres to the second level where a church is located and from there we walked the steps down to the old town. Of course the tourist shops were there but not as tacky as some other places we have been to. The man at the chocolate/nougat shop was very entertaining giving us plenty of samples in a very flamboyant way. He made a sale from us as opposed to the girl in a similar shop who was too busy on her phone and we seemed to be more of an imposition that a potential customer. After a few hours we headed back up to the top again to have a peaceful night, the carpark was very quiet.

Cut house in the village of Rocamadour.

Cut house in the village of Rocamadour.

The main street in Rocamadour, lots of shops.

The main street in Rocamadour, lots of shops.

Nice poster we saw in the front of the shop, a bit pricey as we were in the tourist area.

Nice poster we saw in the front of the shop, a bit pricey as we were in the tourist area.

A town built on the side of a hill.

A town built on the side of a hill.

Rocamadour.

Rocamadour.

The town showing the valley view.

The town showing the valley view.

This is the salesman who gave us lots of samples. He did get a sale out of us for his efforts.

This is the salesman who gave us lots of samples. He did get a sale out of us for his efforts.

Tower next to the church.

Tower next to the church.

View of the town from the lookout.

View of the town from the lookout.

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac- Sireuil

Wednesday 23rd September we went to the town of Les Eyzies-de-Tayac- Sireuil in the Dordogne. In this region are caves where many Prehistoric cave paintings can be seen. The aire at the town was only a short walk from the main street where we found out some information about the region and the town. We followed a walking tour of the town and went into a Museum, which surprisingly was free with some interesting exhibits. Armed with information about the cave sites we decided to view one the next morning.

Houses built into the side of the cliffs in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac- Sireuil

Houses built into the side of the cliffs in Les Eyzies-de-Tayac- Sireuil

Neanderthal man in the museum.

Neanderthal man in the museum.

Cro-magnam man.

Cro-magnam man.

The back street of Les Eyzies-de-Tayac- Sireuil

The back street of Les Eyzies-de-Tayac- Sireuil

Pre-historic cave paintings

The caves at Rouffignac were said to be worth a look and the lady at the tourist information office told us that we didn’t need to book ahead as it was out of the season. Arriving at 10.00am we bought our tickets for 7 euros each and we were on the first train through the caves. The tour takes an hour and we saw cave bear scratching’s and nests, wall and ceiling drawings and etchings. The tour was in French but we had a hand held English guide which we could read as we stopped at the various locations. All very interesting, photos were not allowed and the photos in the blog are courtesy of Google images.

Entrance to the cave at Rouffignac.

Entrance to the cave at Rouffignac.

mammoths going  head to head. Photo courtesy of Google Images.

mammoths going head to head. Photo courtesy of Google Images.

The train that takes you into the cave. Photo courtesy of Google Images.

The train that takes you into the cave. Photo courtesy of Google Images.

cave paintings Photo courtesy of Google Images.

cave paintings
Photo courtesy of Google Images.

Cave paintings. Photo courtesy of Google Images.

Cave paintings.
Photo courtesy of Google Images.

Train that you ride in during your visit to the cave. Photo courtesy of Google Images.

Train that you ride in during your visit to the cave. Photo courtesy of Google Images.

That night we headed for a campsite as Lori had some study to complete and send off. The Wifi in the campsite was free but very slow but in the ended it worked.

Hautefort Chateau

The comforts of a campground were convenient and we spent some time on the phone talking to family back home so we didn’t leave until midday. After a pleasant scenic drive we arrived at the Chateau in time to have some lunch and explore the place.

Hautefort Chateau, the view as you enter from the carpark.

Hautefort Chateau, the view as you enter from the carpark.

Jenny and Lori on the draw bridge.

Jenny and Lori on the draw bridge.

The underground tunnel.

The underground tunnel.

Very strange statue!!

Very strange statue!!

View of some of the gardens. Very intricate hedge work.

View of some of the gardens. Very intricate hedge work.

Not often you see statues smiling.

Not often you see statues smiling.

A grand room in the Hautefort Chateau.

A grand room in the Hautefort Chateau.

The main bedroom.

The main bedroom.

View of the hedges form the tower.

View of the hedges form the tower.

The courtyard, photo taken from the tower.

The courtyard, photo taken from the tower.

A lot of work to get the pattern even in all of the trees, 20 in all.

A lot of work to get the pattern even in all of the trees, 20 in all.

The chateau is where the film Ever After starring Drew Barrymore was filmed in 1998. We spent a few hours exploring the gardens, the underground tunnel, the first and second story and the tower. As you can see on the gardens were amazing with plenty of hedges in intricate patterns. In the afternoon we drove to Oradour sur Glane and were lucky to get a spot in the aire. It has 30 places but it is a popular place. In the season you have to get there early.

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View of Hautefort Chateau from what used to be the main entrance.

View of Hautefort Chateau from what used to be the main entrance.

Down from the chateaux is a small village, here is one of the houses.

Down from the chateaux is a small village, here is one of the houses.

One of the views that can be see in the movie Ever After.

One of the views that can be see in the movie Ever After.

Oradour sur Glane, Village of Matyrs

This is not a pleasant place to visit as it is the site where on the 10th of June 1944 an SS Panzer division killed 642 people in the village and set it on fire. After the incident the village had a wall placed around it to serve as a memorial. The place is free to visit and they have signs on many of the building saying what they were used for. It’s a sobering place to think that only a few people in the whole village managed to escape, only one child. We walked around and as it was early the place was very quiet.

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The inside of the church were most of the women and children were killed.

The inside of the church were most of the women and children were killed.

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There was also a crypt which had the names and ages of all the people who died as well as articles from the village. Can’t really say we enjoyed the visit but it serves to remind people of what went on during the war, the sad thing is that it hasn’t stopped since that time.

Burnt out and rusting cars.

Burnt out and rusting cars.

The post office at Oradour sur Glane

The post office at Oradour sur Glane

Back at the aire and on the road again. In the last few days we have seen pre-historic cave paintings, historical chateau and recent history of a world war two site. Europe has much to see of historic interest.

Chateau that we saw while driving along.

Chateau that we saw while driving along.

Another Chateau along the road.

Another Chateau along the road.

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2 Responses so far.

  1. Dave Beaton says:

    Super pictures, brought back memories of how interesting the area around Rocamadour is. We visited Oradour sur Glane a couple of years ago in June. Lots of people but very quiet, people speaking with hushed voices. Very moving with tears very close at times. We love France and tour every year so your blogs are brilliant. Thanks again. Dave

  2. Jackie says:

    Inspiring pics thank you
    That castle looks amazing. I’d like to visit when we get to France.

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