A Trip to the Ardeche in May 2015 (Part 3)

40,000 Year old Cave Paintings at the Spectacular Chauvet Cave

The Chauvet Cave in the Ardeche, Frnace

The Chauvet Cave in the Ardeche, France

On the third morning we drove up to Vallon Pont D’Arc and beyond to find the new Chauvet Cave exhibition centre built in the hills just outside of town. Here they have built a replica of the cave found in 1994 which contains the oldest cave paintings ever discovered. To proteect the original paintings from the ravages of the atmosphere this exact replica has been built. We spend the whole morning inside this cave being shown the paintings by a knowledgeable guide. We are astonished at the artistry and skill of our Cro-Magnon forebears.

Inside the museum at the Chauvet cave, Ardeche, France

Inside the museum at the Chauvet cave, Ardeche, France

Inside the museum at the Chauvet cave, Ardeche, France

Inside the museum at the Chauvet cave, Ardeche, France

Inside the museum at the Chauvet cave, Ardeche, France

Inside the museum at the Chauvet cave, Ardeche, France

Inside the museum at the Chauvet cave, Ardeche, France

Inside the museum at the Chauvet cave, Ardeche, France

Of course we are not allowed to take photographs inside the cave and these shots are from the screens inside the museum at the same site. They do not convey at all how fabulous the actual paintings are.

Spending all morning at the Chauvet Cave was well worth the visit. I’d recommend it to anyone.

In the afternoon we visited the villages of Balazuc, where we had lunch in a very wind cafe.

At the village of Balazuc, Gard, France

At the village of Balazuc, Gard, France

At the village of Balazuc, Gard, France

At the village of Balazuc, Gard, France

Later we visited the pretty village of Labeaume as well.

At the village of Labeaume, Gard, France

At the village of Labeaume, Gard, France

At the village of Labeaume, Gard, France

At the village of Labeaume, Gard, France

At the village of Labeaume, Gard, France

At the village of Labeaume, Gard, France

 

 

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