Cavern

Near the Pon’t d’Arc is a famouse cavern called the Pont d’Arc cavern. Ardeche is full of caves in fact and we could have seen several large ones but just did this one. What we saw was a replica as they don’t want to damage the many wall drawings that are 36,000 years old when too many peole enter as happened at Lascaux, so four years of work and something like 36 million euros later and it feels like you are in the real thing. The cavern was once full of bears at one time and still has skeleton heads and other bones there. I’m not sure if they had departed once man arrived. No photos were allowed but it was so dark that they probably wouldn’t have turned out anyway. The cavern was just discovered in 1994 by three French explorers. They felt some cool air blowing out of a crevace and tunneled in to find it. Would’t it be incredible to be the first people to see it?

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We saw this structure in the distance several times and wondered what it was. This section covers the entrance to the cavern replica. The grounds were really beautiful and well done.

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There was a museum too showing how the area changed over millions of years including the prehistoric animals living then. The entrance to the cavern was blocked by a landslide for millioms of years which preserved the interior.

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One of the drawings.

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A row of horse heads. Wish I could show you a whole wall of drawings. It was just incredible. The interior of the replicated cave felt like the real thing. It was so well done.

Exploring

After the wedding we stayed at a five star camping ground in the area of France known as Ardeche. This camping ground, unlike others we’ve been to, didn’t have any RVs or tents, only little cabins made of double wide trailers. I don’t know if they have similar camping facilities in the States but they are very common in France. We really enjoyed our time there and Ardeche turned out to be very interesting and beautiful and we did a bit of exploring.

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We went kayaking one day. I have never done it before. It was a lot of fun except for the rapids which were probably at a very beginning level but I got stick on some rocks once and once my kayak turned sideways but I didn’t, thank God, fall over.

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View on the water. I kept my camera in a ziplock bag.

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The Pont d’Arc, created millions of years ago.

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A view from up above. This is called the Ardeche Gorge as it runs between canyon walls.

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The Pont from up above. We took a road that ran along the gorge and made several stops for the views.