France is a country rich in history and each region has its own history. Each region is different from the other, but each one has so much to offer, beautiful landscapes, history, and especially a wide range of activities in its surroundings. The regions were established and forged by history and their people.
Impossible to resist visiting the cave of Lascaux during your trip to Dordogne. Why? This prehistoric cave is one of the most important caves in the world due to the drawing quality. The cave was discovered in 1940 by 4 teenagers! After the war, Lascaux was one of the most important things to visit. But in 1963 the government decided to close it because of carbonic gas. Indeed the gas was destroying the painting. Today the cave is reproduced in 3 different caves Lascaux II and III and the last one which opened in 2006 reproduces the entire cave Lascaux IV. This cave is a huge site for the history of humanity. You will have the chance to see the first human drawing and the explanation of how the Cromagnon did it.
Canoe on the French river
France is rich in rivers and canoeing on them is a new way to discover the French legacy from the East to the West and from the North to the South. Canoeing in Alsace or in the Loire Valley allows you to discover the flora and fauna so special to each region. If you’re canoeing on the Loire river you will see the numerous castles along your trip, in Chenonceaux you will pass under the castle, what an experience! In Dordogne, the numerous caves and medieval castles will make your trip so joyful! In Alsace, you may canoe with storks!
Castle of France
You will encounter two types of castles, the medieval ones and the kings one. What is the difference between the castles? Well, the first ones were built during the Middle Ages to protect the town and the lord of the region. They were built to be impregnable fortresses. So while you visit them, ask you if you were the Lord of this land would this.. castle be your refuge? Those medieval castles are numerous in Dordogne because of the history of France during the Middle Ages (I let you learn more about it while you’re there). For the Royal Castes you need to go back further in time, during the XVI (16th) century the Italian Renaissance was growing in France and at this time the Court of French Royalty was settled around Tours. That’s why the castles of the Loire Valley are architectural jewels.
Centuries ago when the sea went away from the Luberon, it left limestone ground. This ground was orange coloured due to the alloy of several chemical elements. Nowadays the colours of Provencal Colorado go from violet to yellow. The walk through Colorado is stunning, flat, and then hills. Plus you will have the chance to visit the Ochres Mines in Bruoux. In fact, since antiquity, the Ochres of Provence have been used in many ways and they have been part of the industrial revolution during the 18th century. The flora of this incredible landscape is full of Maritime pine, heather, and walnut trees. An amazing site for the young and older!
House of Magic
A world of illusion is waiting for you! In front of the royal castle, the House welcomes you with its window dragons! This unique place in Europe offers you plenty of activities. Each room is another activity, optical games… The history of this house is so enormous! In 1805, one of the most incredible magicians of all time was born here, Jean-Eugene Robert-Houdin. The House is the only public magic museum in Europe! Numerous magical representations take place in this house! The house is the temple of family entertainment!