Last week (Tues 9th of april 2019), we decided to check on the Green Lane progress between Prigonrieux and Bergerac ie Le Chemin de la Batellerie (walk connected to the Pierre Loti footpath from the Bergerac port: my article here).
Work is still in progress with some parts already done (tarmac) and some not.
After many years in the pipeline, this 32 million of euros project got the green light in early 2018 and work started shortly after.
But in december 2018, the State Council put it on hold ruling in favor of the wildlife and heritage organizations. More infos: read my article: here).
Yesterday 09/04/19, the Administrative Court of Bordeaux cancelled the authorisation to build the bypass. So from “suspended” the project got “cancelled” and demolition order was given (total cost: 15 million).
Despite losing, the Chairman of the Departmental Council of Dordogne, Germinal Peiro, does not seem to be defeated by this decision. He confirmed that he is going to appeal!
Our village is getting ready for monday Easter Brocante (22sd of April from 8am to 6pm).
Art deco frames and painting, vintage glassware, local crockery, old mirrors & clocks, jars and pottery, cutlery, candle holders, jewelry, vintage chairs, old dolls and vintage toys… you name it: this flea market is always a fun time for bargain hunters, tourists or just passersby!
So, don’t miss it!
More infos: Location: on the square and the surrounding streets (from 8am to 6pm).
Ever wondered what this big yellow train doing on the tracks near Bergerac?
As you might know, (my articles here and here), the SNCF has decided to improve and modernise the railway infrastructure between Bergerac and Libourne which is used by 900 000 passengers per year.
So, since the 2sd of january and for 9 months, work has been carried out on the 62 km of railway.
At the moment, you can spot one of the three SNCF “Train Usine” also called “Suite Rapide” or “Train de Substitution” which is a track renewal train.
This giant of 750m requires 70 workers to operate the whole train to renovate every day between 1000 and 1400m of tracks. Old ones are been removed and new ones put in their places.
Once it’s done, the Ballast Train will come along to suck up and remove the old ballast (stones used to form the bed of a railway track), sorted it out : the good stones will reused again on the very same tracks, the bad stones will be sent off to be processed and used later on. To complete, new ballast will be injected on the tracks.
Additional Information can be found at Bergerac.fr (updated on the 08/04/19 with which railroad crossing is closed)
Come along with us and discover Lascaux IV, the International Centre for Cave Art in Montignac (1h20 drive from our holiday home in Beaumont du Perigord).
Lascaux caves, the original, were “found” by four Périgourdin young boys from Montignac in 1940. World Famous for its palaeolithic cave paintings, the site, victim of its success, was closed to the public in 1963 to ensure the art’s survival (humidity, germs, etc. brought in by visitors led to fungal infection threatened to destroy the art).
In 1983, near the original entrance, was built a facsimile with an exact copy of the 2 main halls of Lascaux : Lascaux II was born.
More recently, in decembre 2016, a bigger and better replica was open to the public.
It’s the complete replica of the original cave with its 2000 wall paintings left by Cro-Magnon men more than 18 000 years ago (you can see the hole used by Marcel Ravidat to enter the cave).
But more than a copy, Lascaux IV is a brilliant concept which not only faithfully reproduces the original cave paintings, but also offers extensive information about those primitive men, how they painted, hunted, and lived thanks to the use of interactive and digital screens.
After the guided tour of the replica, wander around the “Lascaux Studio” and admire the reproduction of 8 main walls of the cave and learn more about cave art!
Opening hours, entrance fees & practical details: https://www.lascaux.fr/en To Book in advance your ticket (advised): https://goo.gl/WkEcjE Guided tour available in your own language Each visitor gets an interactive digital tablet combined with a camera (you can take up to 20 photos and send them for free to any email address of your choice).
The “Parc Aqualudique” project was born due to the fact that the current Piquecailloux Public Pool in Bergerac, opened since 1972, is starting to show signs of ageing and becomes increasingly expensive to run.
Much bigger and capable to accomodate the needs of local residents, this new family friendly aquatic complex will be more cost effective to run thanks to the use of geothermal energy, solar panels and rainwater harvesting.
Feb 2019: Digging up the ground for the pools
March 2019: drilling the first well (172 m deep) for the geothermal power.
Aqualudic Park should open its doors on the first trimester of 2020.