I haven’t had time to go and photograph the finished barn wall, also, I have to wait for a bright but overcast day, so that there are no strong shadows falling onto the mural. Meanwhile, inspired by the caves beneath the gardens, we had a “Grand Day Out” on Monday and visited the celebrated caves of Rouffignac.
The visit takes an hour and takes you 1 mile into the maze of natural underground tunnels, via a little electric train. It’s humbling indeed to be in the presence of 14000 year old art, why did they do those drawings and engravings in such inaccessible places, at that time only 1 metre high, in the flickering light of their tallow flames? Why are there no other types of image, such as trees or hills? There are , apparently , a few paintings of people, but very few. Did they only draw animals because they were their life source: food and clothing ? But then, did they not eat fruits and nuts? Why are the animals represented as static?
A mammoth painted on the cave ceiling. 1.10m long.
A mammoth engraved on the cave wall, the surface so soft that a single finger was used to outline it’s shape, what confidence is shown in that line! 1.35m.
We also visited Château l’Helm, a romantic ruin, with the most beautiful spiral staircase. Although the floors and roof are fallen in, the many ornately carved fireplaces are wondrous to behold. The château was abandoned before the revolution, so the family crests still exist in their entirety. The owner who sells the entrance tickets, is anxious to tell you it’s for sale…..oh, if only…..
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