Les Eyzies de Tayac, Dordogne, Saturday 15th August 2015

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Fascinating rock formations at les Eyzies de Tayac

Fascinating rock formations at les Eyzies de Tayac

We didn’t like the look of the motorhome aire at Luzech outside a campsite, as it was mainly used as a car park and it wasn’t all that attractive, so we carried on a little further west to Albas, where we parked right by the dam and we found this very pretty and tranquil with the added bonus of a lovely walk along the river Lot. It rained on and off, but we still managed to give Beano a couple of long walks and take pictures of the picturesque village from the bridge near the aire.

Convenient aire at attractive Albas

Convenient aire at attractive Albas

The aire is free, but there is also a municipal campsite next to it that would have roughly worked out at about 9.60 for the night.

Weir at Albas dam

Weir at Albas dam

Fishing by the dam at Albas with motorhome aire in the background on the left

Fishing by the dam at Albas with motorhome aire in the background on the left

Pituresque Albas

Picturesque Albas

This morning, we continued on the D660 past Villefranche-du-Périgord and D710, D25, D51 and D31E to Le Bugue, but there was a market on with very slow moving traffic and the access road to the aire was closed, so, again, we had to change our plans and drove a bit further north east to Les Eyzies de Tayac, where we finally stopped at midday. This is a very large aire for 5 a night, payable to the guardian who comes round in the morning, so one can actually stay here for the day for free. We love the location by the river Dordogne and the attractive village with its amazing rock formations and cliffs.

Amazing Eyzies de Tayac

Amazing cliffs and caves at les Eyzies de Tayac

The Museum at les Eyzies de Tayac

Les Eyzies de Tayac

We’ve just been to visit the National Prehistoric Museum for €8 each and it really is worth a visit. We saw, among other fascinating exhibits, the famous Lucy’s skeleton, as well as some very finely carved relieves, Stone Age tools, weapons and jewellery made from bones, shells, teeth and antlers: very captivating and engaging.

Lucy's Skeleton and the Lake Turkana Teenager, Homo Erectus

Lucy’s Skeleton and the Lake Turkana Teenager, Homo Erectus

The Cro-Magnon Man in the National Prehistoric Museum

The Cro-Magnon Man in the National Prehistoric Museum

Impressive sculpture outside the National Prehistoric Museum

Impressive sculpture of the Neanderthal Man outside the National Prehistoric Museum

Overlooking town and surrounding landscape

Overlooking town and surrounding landscape

Pretty Les Eyzies de Tayac from Museum

Pretty Les Eyzies de Tayac from Museum

Interesting cliffs and landscape surrounding Les Eyzies de Tayac

Interesting cliffs and landscape surrounding Les Eyzies de Tayac

Intriguing rock formations above town

Intriguing rock formations above town

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The weather seems to have improved again and it is quite a nice evening now.

Tomorrow, we’ll carry on further north to Bourdeilles, south of Brantôme.

12 responses »

  1. I love the rock formations at Les Eyzies de Tayac and the prehistoric museum looks fascinating. Is this the area Lucy was discovered? You seem to find the best places by accident.

  2. The rock formations above the town are totally awesome. What a travelogue you have here – as long as the pixels and electrons on WordPress hold together. Let’s hope for both of our sakes they do!

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