Raj: As we head deeper into central France, I'm finding it much more relaxing - quieter with less people and great scenery. The pace is slow and easy - most places only open at 10am and then close for a couple of hours for lunch - nice unless you want to do something at this time. You can't but help be caught up in a mood of melancholy. Our current digs (a modern mobile cabin) is really nice and cosy, and we're all able to sleep in in the mornings. We still have all the greenery around us, however there are few birds and animals to wake us at 5.30am like the last place. We've taken to cooking meals while we can - nachoes tonight which was a hit, enjoyed of course with french wine (or beers and ciders as the mood takes). One thing though is the distinct lack of written and spoken English. The only conversations we can have are with ourselves which can get a bit boring and tiring. Oh well, I guess we better all get used to it!
Vikki: Well we have yet to find the sun, and although one should remain happy on a 6 month holiday I am starting to get slightly peeved about the lack of warmth. We've been assured it is coming, and tomorrow should bring 27 degrees (about 8-10 degrees above what we've been having) and sunny skies so fingers crossed as we plan for a family canoe trip down the local La Vezere river. The old jacket and hat are getting far too much wear when you consider this is summer.
As Raj says above, there is a lack of all things English (written and people), even the tourist brochures are all French, so we are learning to work out the gist of things and go with the flow. Quaint French villages, rolling green paddocks and vineyards are what this area is all about, and it's great. Driving has now become just part of the day and I know it's not too bad when you can take in the sites as you drive past instead of just looking at the road ahead.
Anouk: I really enjoyed visiting the Sarlat Market. We first saw lots of stalls with clothes and toys. We then went to the food section and ate some delicious fried potatoes and tried some free samples of nougat, marshmallow chocolate, caramel nut sauce and salami. Some of the food was really yummy so we bought a big marshmallow stick covered in chocolate and some salami sticks. We went past a cheese stall, which had the biggest blocks of cheese I have ever seen. They were the size of enormous pots.
At the end of each day Harley and I have been in the pools. There are 3 pools where we are staying, 2 of them are little and there is one big one. One of them is a warm pool, and the other 2 are cold, but Harley and I have still been in them.
Harley: Some of the sights we've seen so far that I've really liked have been a giant cave and a pre-historic park. We went inside a massive geode cave about 1 square km. The cave was discovered in 1922. Inside we saw stalactites, stalagmites and other forms of calcium crystallisation's, which are still growing at a very slow rate like a few millimetres every 100 years. We also saw some unusual shapes like a sword, a pigs ear, a whale's tail and an ostrich. Later, we went to a pre-historic park which showed how people lived and evolved starting from the Stone Age. I learnt how people hunted, sheltered and dressed in their environment. At the end we took photos of us as cave people - check out the photos.