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.
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.
Rooting and rummaging around a French brocante (car boot sale) is one of the best ways to spend Easter…. and you never know what treasure you can find and bring home!
Our village, Beaumont du Perigord, is getting ready for its Easter Brocante monday, 22sd of april 2019 from 6am to 6pm (200 stalls) at the main square and adjacents streets.
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!
The Beaupouyet forest (35mins from Bergerac) is a great place where you can bring your children, have a picnic and spend an afternoon of fun with lots of outdoor activities to do!
You can choose to go for an 1 hour walk with the whole family.
It’s a very easy walk of 4,4 km with a starting point from the carpark. We use, once again, the very reliable and free app randogps (https://goo.gl/JjoKgr)
You can have a go at the numerous educational forest games: maze where you need to find 8 terrifying monsters from the greek mythology, arboretum , hides to spy on the wildlife … This is fun and holds an excellent learning experience without boring children!