16.04.2011 - 17.04.2011 23 °C
Bordeaux to many people means wine.... and there was certainly lots of it to choose from. We elected not to do any wine touring though, and instead drove up to the Vezeze Valley where France's prehistoric paintings are to be found in various caves.
The countryside is different up there, the trees shorter (more alpine) and the valley itself is very pretty with lots of lakes and small rivers. I gather the place is a hive of tourists in summer, but at this time of year, it was pretty sedate. Had a nice lunch in the town and then headed to the Grotto of Rouffignac, which is a cave with multiple levels and about 10kms in. The tour would have been pretty interesting (although it was all in French), and inside was too dark to read our english translation. Also unfortunately - no pictures allowed, so I don't have any to add to this posting, although I am including a link to a site which has some of the pictures.
Anyway - the cave is an excellent example of Paleothithic art and the artists were quite prolific. It's quite awesome to see really.
So, lots of driving yesterday.... arrived at our hotel in Toulouse around 6.30pm.... and caught up with Raymond's friend Bernard for dinner. He came and met us and we hired bicycles and rode to his place via the Toulouse sites. Bernard and Anna were excellent company and Bernard introduced us to Pastis (an aperitif that tastes like licorice).... plus several post dinner digestifs (that resemble rocket fuel.... ). A late night last night (home at 1.15am) - so we are a little slow getting going the morning.
We are in Toulouse today and tonight and then off to Spain tomorrow.