Quiet day at the Gouffre de Padirac

Karen   /  

Today started out leisurely with home schooling and exercise before venturing out to the Gouffre de Padirac caves ( which were recommended to us by Sue Marland. Having been to a number of caves over the years in South Australia, New Zealand, Queensland and elsewhere none were of the scale or beauty of what we saw today. The cave entrance was vast with a massive hole in the ground stretching down the equivalent of 8 or 10 floors.

Once at the cave floor (via steps or lift) we traveled more than 2 km on foot and boat to see some vast cavities, flowing rivers and stalactites and stalagmites. It wasn’t the prehistoric caves with paintings that Karen had planned for us to visit but they were certainly spectacular and we’d highly recommend them. We didn’t realise that the prehistoric cave painting required a booking 2 weeks in advance as they only let 12 people down at a time.

We’ve been in France for only 2 weeks but it seems a lot longer. We’ve quickly adapted to the culture and lifestyle although today’s meals didn’t involve a single baguette and there were no patisseries either. We ventured into the Gouffre’s local café and much to the disappointment of the waiter only ordered two bowls of grande pomme frittes with a caffe au lait.

Tomorrow we’ll head to the picturesque town of Rocamadour ( which is only a short drive away before heading south to Carcasonne.


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