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This region of France, named for the Dordogne
River, is remote, peaceful, and very picturesque. Enroute from Carcassonne
to Rocamadour, my mother and I stopped in Cahors and then at an isolated
14th century mill just west of Rocamadour. We spent the next three nights at
a small hotel in L'Hospitalet with an awesome view of Rocamadour across the
In the following days, we explored Rocamadour and the surrounding countryside. We crossed the beautiful Dordogne River, and we discovered numerous secluded, private, and picturesque chateaux. The Dordogne region provided a welcome and peaceful respite from the fear and upheaval in the outside world.
On our way west toward Bordeaux, we visited the most famous site in this area, Lascaux. Here, four boys searching for a dog in 1940 discovered the most beautiful and now most famous cave paintings in the world. To prevent deterioration tourists can no longer enter the original caves, but artists have used the ancient materials and methods to create a replica, Lascaux II, that is still worth a visit.
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Last updated on April 4, 2004.