Caves!

Wow! Yesterday was a extraordinary day with new experiences of really old stuff. CAVES mostly, but also other things.

 

Château de Puyguilhem - closed

Château de Puyguilhem – closed

 

Zoom in on Château de Puyguilhem

Zoom in on Château de Puyguilhem

The visit at Grotte de Villars, a huge old cave, really hit home for the both of us. It was so amazing to see the formations, to let the imagination run free and to try and grasp the fact that the known part of this old cave is 13 km (!) long. That’s really a lot.

Grotte de Villars

Grotte de Villars

We got to walk about 500 meters in the cave, and those 40 minutes were really something. Afterwards Anders said it felt a bit like being in a dream; a totally different “world” underneath the surface we usually walk on.

It was the last open weekday of the season, and it surely was no storm of tourists at the sites we’ve visited…

The only car at the parking lot at Grotte de Villars...

The only car at the parking lot at Grotte de Villars

Some short notes from yesterday:

  • Funny/interesting to be the only two foreigners in the group, and to need translation from the tour guide.
  • Paintings (and claw marks from cave bears) – 19.000 years old. Wow!
  • Small villages. New & old, rich & poor, side by side.
  • Very peaceful, quiet, beautiful (stunning) surroundings. Hills and valleys. Green.
  • 16 degrees Celsius.
  • French traffic. Fast, really high paced. No distance between cars. No brakes. No rules basically, except we’re in a hurry. (This probably needs a post of its own in the future…)
The entrance to the cave

The entrance to the cave

 

Since we were the only ones at the park with these fun "take a picture-sets" we had to do it ourselves. Different perspective...

Since we were the only ones at the park with these fun “take a picture-sets” we had to do it ourselves…

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