I recently explored the southwest of France, particularly the Dordogne and Vezere Valley, where hundreds of paleolithic sites have been found. Our upcoming tour, “Cave Art, Castles and Cuisine” in September will be held in this area, and it was wonderful to be back again. Excellent local guides will be joining us as we visit the sites where Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal people lived. We will be visiting medieval towns and castles, as well as sampling the delicious foods and wines of the Perigord region.
Art and personal expression is my area of study, and I am fascinated by the adornment that people wore, which we know from the finds of beads, pendants, and shells. This display at Abri du Cap Blanc depicts the ways that beads were used to create head adornment. Of course, the artwork in the caves, from sculpture to painting , is remarkable. Some of it looks entirely contemporary, with its leaning toward abstracting, and communicating with a single boldly drawn line. It is particularly interesting to see how the shape of the rock was used to create compositions and dimension. Watch for more posts on Paleolithic art! Connecting to the people of the past is truly a profound experience. The September tour is full, but if you are interested in future trips to France please let us know and you will receive the information as soon as it is announced.
We hope you can join us for a trip of a lifetime!
“Cave Art, Castles and Cuisine”
Exploring the Ancient Past and Lively Present in Southwestern France
September 18-26, 2016
Spectacular prehistoric art, fascinating history, and great food and wine form the perfect combination for a memorable trip! Join us on a tour of the Dordogne and the Lot regions, and see all of the details in the attached brochure. We hope you can join us this memorable tour!
Spectacular prehistoric art, fascinating history, and great food and wine form the perfect combination for a memorable trip! Join us on a tour of the Dordogne and the Lot regions, where we will explore the cave paintings of people living 40,000 years ago, and see their art in its original setting. We will probe deeply into the meaning of the images, and learn about the geology and archaeology of the caves. Our days will be filled with visits to these stunning prehistoric sites, along with tours of picturesque castles that will bring medieval history alive. Every day we will enjoy culinary delights as we sample the unique and delicious foods and wines of the Perigord region. The prehistoric art is stunning, and you can also expect unique activities such as a river trip in a traditional gabarre boat as you gaze up at fortified castles, wandering markets meeting local people, watching a farmer and his
dog find truffles, and experiencing the workings of a family run vineyard.
See the brochure here Cave Art, Castles and Cuisine
Categories: France, Prehistoric art
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Hello to all of the wonderful people who have taken our tours or plan to in the future! If you are considering either the Santa Fe or Ireland tours in 2016, for December we are offering a “special” Christmas gift to you . Until December 31st, apply a $100 discount to the cost of the tour. We guarantee a trip of a lifetime to both places!
Santa Fe will amaze you with its wealth of art and artists from the past and present, and we will delve deeply into both as we create our own art inspired by the place and landscape.
Our Ireland tour promises to inspire as well, with stunning landscapes just begging to be translated into art! We will meet and work with Irish artists, see ancient archaeological sites, absorb the history and culture, and enjoy the camaraderie only a small group tour can bring! Don’t miss out on this offer, contact us right away to take advantage of your Christmas gift!
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