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Lascaux Caves is a complex of caves in southwestern France famous for its Paleolithic cave paintings. The original caves are located near the village of Montignac, Dordogne. They contain some of the best-known Upper Paleolithic art. These paintings are estimated to be 17,300 years old. They primarily consist of images of large animals, most of which are known from fossil evidence to have lived in the area at the time. We visited Lascaux II, a replica of the Great Hall of the Bulls and the Painted Gallery located 200 meters away from the original that was opened in 1983 so that visitors may view the painted scenes without harming the originals.

Sarlat-la-Canéda is a medieval town that developed around a large Benedictine abbey of Carolingian origin. The medieval Sarlat Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Sacerdos. Because modern history has largely passed it by, Sarlat has remained preserved and one of the towns most representative of 14th century France.

Collonges-la-Rouge is entirely built with red sandstone and settlement here dates back to the 8th Century.

View from our room at La Truffe Noire, Anatole, France

View from our room at La Truffe Noire, Anatole, France

Chateau de Sauveboeuf looking south across the Vezere River just east of Montignac, France on the way to Lascaux II

Chateau de Sauveboeuf looking south across the Vezere River just east of Montignac, France on the way to Lascaux II

Discovered in 1940 the Lascaux Cave contains paintings that are some 17,300 years old. We visited Lascaux II, a replica of the Great Hall of the Bulls and the Painted Gallery, some 200 meters away fro

Discovered in 1940 the Lascaux Cave contains paintings that are some 17,300 years old. We visited Lascaux II, a replica of the Great Hall of the Bulls and the Painted Gallery, some 200 meters away fro

Discovered in 1940 the Lascaux Cave contains paintings that are some 17,300 years old. We visited Lascaux II, a replica of the Great Hall of the Bulls and the Painted Gallery, some 200 meters away fro

Discovered in 1940 the Lascaux Cave contains paintings that are some 17,300 years old. We visited Lascaux II, a replica of the Great Hall of the Bulls and the Painted Gallery, some 200 meters away fro

Discovered in 1940 the Lascaux Cave contains paintings that are some 17,300 years old. We visited Lascaux II, a replica of the Great Hall of the Bulls and the Painted Gallery, some 200 meters away fro

Discovered in 1940 the Lascaux Cave contains paintings that are some 17,300 years old. We visited Lascaux II, a replica of the Great Hall of the Bulls and the Painted Gallery, some 200 meters away fro

Discovered in 1940 the Lascaux Cave contains paintings that are some 17,300 years old. We visited Lascaux II, a replica of the Great Hall of the Bulls and the Painted Gallery, some 200 meters away fro

Discovered in 1940 the Lascaux Cave contains paintings that are some 17,300 years old. We visited Lascaux II, a replica of the Great Hall of the Bulls and the Painted Gallery, some 200 meters away fro

Discovered in 1940 the Lascaux Cave contains paintings that are some 17,300 years old. We visited Lascaux II, a replica of the Great Hall of the Bulls and the Painted Gallery, some 200 meters away fro

Discovered in 1940 the Lascaux Cave contains paintings that are some 17,300 years old. We visited Lascaux II, a replica of the Great Hall of the Bulls and the Painted Gallery, some 200 meters away fro

The woods surrounding Lascaux II are the same as those at the original Lascaux site which is just the other side of the hill.

The woods surrounding Lascaux II are the same as those at the original Lascaux site which is just the other side of the hill.

Cathedrale Saint-Sacerdos de Sarlat rebuilt beginning in the early 1500s work dragged on until the late 1600s. Although significantly altered the basic structure of the bell tower dates to the 12th C

Cathedrale Saint-Sacerdos de Sarlat rebuilt beginning in the early 1500s work dragged on until the late 1600s.  Although significantly altered the basic structure of the bell tower dates to the 12th C

The narrow streets of Sarlat-la-Canada remain much the same as they were in the 14th Century as history has largely bypassed this town since that time. That's Jim Stoutamire's back - green jacket and

The narrow streets of Sarlat-la-Canada remain much the same as they were in the 14th Century as history has largely bypassed this town since that time.  That's Jim Stoutamire's back - green jacket and

Close up of bronze geese in Sarlat-la-Caneda; Place aux Oies (Goose Square).

Close up of bronze geese in Sarlat-la-Caneda; Place aux Oies (Goose Square).

Sarlat-la-Caneda; Place aux Oies (Goose Square). Apparently the square hosts a market specialising in goose products from December to March.

Sarlat-la-Caneda; Place aux Oies (Goose Square). Apparently the square hosts a market specialising in goose products from December to March.

The narrow streets of Sarlat-la-Canada remain much the same as they were in the 14th Century as history has largely bypassed this town since that time.

The narrow streets of Sarlat-la-Canada remain much the same as they were in the 14th Century as history has largely bypassed this town since that time.

The narrow streets of Sarlat-la-Canada remain much the same as they were in the 14th Century as history has largely bypassed this town since that time.

The narrow streets of Sarlat-la-Canada remain much the same as they were in the 14th Century as history has largely bypassed this town since that time.

East end of the Cathedrale Saint-Sacerdos de Sarlat rebuilt beginning in the early 1500s work dragged on until the late 1600s. The basic structure of the bell tower dates to the 12th Century.

East end of the Cathedrale Saint-Sacerdos de Sarlat rebuilt beginning in the early 1500s work dragged on until the late 1600s. The basic structure of the bell tower dates to the 12th Century.

A house in Sarlat-la-Canada behind the Cathedral looks much like it would have been in the 14th Century.

A house in Sarlat-la-Canada behind the Cathedral looks much like it would have been in the 14th Century.

Panorama of Sarlat-la-Canada looking west from the high terrace behind the east end of the Cathedral.

Panorama of Sarlat-la-Canada looking west from the high terrace behind the east end of the Cathedral.

Interior of the Cathedrale Saint-Sacerdos de Sarlat looking toward the altar. Note raised pulpit at the lower left.

Interior of the Cathedrale Saint-Sacerdos de Sarlat looking toward the altar. Note raised pulpit at the lower left.

Organ in the Cathedral of Sarlat was built in 1752 by Jean-Francois Lepine and was restored in 2005.

Organ in the Cathedral of Sarlat was built in 1752 by Jean-Francois Lepine and was restored in 2005.

Saint's shrine in the Cathedrale Saint-Sacerdos de Sarlat, may be Saint Joseph holding baby Jesus.

Saint's shrine in the Cathedrale Saint-Sacerdos de Sarlat, may be Saint Joseph holding baby Jesus.