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The Gouffre de Padirac had long been the subject of legend and lore, but it was not until 1889 that the speleologist Mr. Edouard-Alfred Martel undertook the first systematic exploration of the site. To their great surprise, Martel and his crew discovered a tributary to the Dordogne River running over 20k through incredible limestone caverns at a depth of: 100meters beneath the earth’s surface!

Today, the Gouffre de Padirac is one of France’s great natural attractions. Visitors descend by stairs or elevator to the base of a 75m sinkhole then continue to descend about another 30meters on foot to the underground river and board skiffs for a guided 2.5k river excursion to the interior of the site.

Guides then lead you on foot past mystical pools and through magical underground galleries. Ultimately, you are lead back to the boats for the return river-ride and the ascent by stairs or elevator back to ground level.

On my first visit to this part of France the possibility of getting on a river deep underground was something both unexpected and frankly never on my radar…

I hope this ‘post’ puts the Gouffre de Padirac  on yours.

Bon Voyage et à bientôt! Jack
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Web Link: Gouffre de Padirac

Open: 2 April to 2 November 2012
Admission prices: Adult 9.4 € & Children (4 to 12 years) 6.1 €


March 3, 2013 - Posted by Jack Tobin

This was a wonderful solo kayak trip across SW France covering 530k on Canal du Midi and the Garonne River.


Merci et à bientôt! Jack

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October 28, 2012 - Posted by Jack Tobin


a fun 9 holes of golf, we’ve got the Château de Montal just minutes from Saint Céré. A little known fact: the French Résistance had the Mona Lisa and other treasures of the Louvre hidden here throughout WWII!

Château de Montal’s story goes that Jeanne de Montal started transforming the original medieval fortress into a Renaissance palace as a gift for her son, Robert, who was off in Italy fighting with Francis I. The mansion was finished in 1534 and Robert’s mother waited, watching from a high window for her son’s return. Regretfully, only his body came back and she had the window blocked up and beneath it carved: “Hope No More”.

Which is also a befitting epitaph for my golf game!

 à bientôt! Jack
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October 7, 2012 - Posted by Jack Tobin