Peek in the Dordogne: Weekly Photo Challenge

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Our first peek into a time 12,000 – 30,000 years ago when paleolithic man roamed the hills and lived in the caves we can see in the limestone cliffs we are looking at.

 

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As we explored the countryside we came across mediaeval villages built into the side of the cliffs. We didn’t find any opportunity to see inside one of these dwellings and I wonder whether they too utilised the caves as rooms.

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Lascaux caves was our destination. Roger had visited it before it had been closed to the public and was none too keen to visit Lascaux II which had been set up to show the public what the original Lascaux was like. Instead we continued driving until we arrived at Castanets.

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This was the site of a current archeological dig but a Frenchman gave the rare person that arrived at the site a tour. We were the only people on the tour and the guide could only speak French. With my schoolgirl French and my knowledge of rocks from university geology and paleolithic man from reading Clan of the Cave Bear books, I interpreted for Roger.

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The paintings were none too clear and at times I had to use my imagination. The end result was a lot of laughing and a brief peek at what it must have been like living in this cave system in the South of France.

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The Paleolithic man made and used tools from stone, wood and bone as well as weapons for survival. They lived in communities and posted lookouts along the cliffs which would alert the main community should there be an impending attack. Mainly they hunted animals for meat and fur (for warmth) and gathered food, firewood.

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There is a huge movement in Australia at least to return to the way of these men. Having had a glimpse into their life – I think I’ll opt for the modern living with hopefully a healthy diet.

In response to weekly Photo challenge

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. Commenced a masters by research in 2014.
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10 Responses to Peek in the Dordogne: Weekly Photo Challenge

  1. Such an interesting place. I was able to see quite a bit of France once upon a time, but never had the opportunity to see any of the caves. I guess I’m just going to have to travel back. I’m like you Irene, I think I’ll opt for modern conveniences!

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  2. To return to living in caves? Not for me. Though I would love to see the cave art, even the reconstruction.

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  3. ladyfi says:

    What a fascinating place!

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  4. Wonderful post. Thanks for visiting mine.

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  5. Rupali says:

    Great choice Irene.

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