Finally some sun and heat - oh yeah
Les Eyzies-De-Tayac-Sireuil, France
Raj: We've had a great couple of days. The sun has appeared and we are basking in late 20's temperatures - great for swimming, sunbathing, and today, an enjoyable canoe trip along the La Vezere river. Even as the sun appeared yesterday though, we got up early and queued to ensure we secured tickets to view 14,000 year old engravings and paintings in two caves, which are still open to the public. Tickets are limited to 70 per day to preserve the ecology of the caves (air, wind, temperature, humidity). What we saw was just amazing. Bison, horses, mammoths, reindeer, lions to name a few, and some early representations of humans. The paintings, made from 2 colours - red (from iron oxide) and black (from manganese) - were complemented by use of natural rock shapes and shadows. It's hard to fathom a person's motivation to crawl and create in small dark tunnels using only fire. The drawings can't be explained in a blog and photography was not allowed. This will be something to remember, especially if the caves close to public one day as the few others around the world already have. A definite trip highlight.
Raj for Vikki: I'm packing and getting ready for the big drive to Andorra tomorrow - joy!
Harley and Anouk: Today we had a sunny, relaxing day and went canoeing. We paddled 10km and saw lots of dragon flys along the river, and many were joined together and in a range of different colours. Some landed on us! Anouk also saw two fish and some horses walking along the river. We stopped along the way for a break and snack in a cow paddock. When we got back, we were hot and immediately went swimming in the pool to cool off. Then we had ice cream. We are about to go for another swim before we get ready to leave tomorrow morning for Andorra for just one night on our way to Barcelona.