40,000 Year old Cave Paintings at the Spectacular Chauvet Cave
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.
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.
Later we visited the pretty village of Labeaume as well.