A French Haven, Caves And World Class Wine.
Trip Start Feb 01, 2005
402Trip End Dec 31, 2013
For one day we relaxed completely with a sleep in, then a leisurely lunch, comprising of a set four course menu with included wine, at a local restaurant. Linda and her friend Rozz and ourselves made up the lunch party as Phil was not yet back from the UK.
The next day we set off early for a full day out of sightseeing and to our dismay found all the tourist hordes again
We were 2 of 50 people doing the tour and the first thing the guide explained was that this is actually Lascaux II, the real cave is too precious to show!!! We did feel rather ripped off but they have done an excellent job recreating the cave, which has amazing and quite colourful cave paintings. Lascaux contains the largest cave drawing ever found, a 5.5 metre bull and many colourful animals and patterns. Even though it was a replica cave we were still not allowed to take photos! The tour guide was hard to hear as even though this was an English tour, many nationalities were present and interpreting for their partners in loud whispers.
We had a much better feeling on visiting the La Roque St Christophe, which is the oldest and largest cave site in Western Europe
Our last visit for the day was to find the very old and UNESCO listed Saint-Emilion Wine District. Wines from here are very sought after and we found a cellar to visit and buy some wine as a present for our hosts.
We'll be sad to leave this haven at Pensol. It has been a family and friends gathering with a Mongolian tent full of teenagers (Phil and Linda's 2 daughters and their friends) and the house full to overflowing with visitors of like mind. There's to be a party at Phil and Linda's builders house Saturday night and we have been begged to stay, but we have a date with some more UNESCO sites and Monday our car needs to be returned to Nice, which is still a long way away in distance. We say a reluctant no to the party and pack up ready to move on.
Footnote: Prehistoric Sites and Decorated Caves of the Vezere Valley and Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion are both UNESCO World Heritage listed.