Totally Frenched Out

From the blogger formerly known as Samdebretagne

Friday, October 16, 2009

This week I was lucky enough to have to "forced" days off work. Well, not really off work since I still had to respond to emails & phone calls, but two days where I couldn't actually visit any clients. So I did what any girl with a free rental car & a love for discovering new things did - I went exploring.

First up on my list was visiting some of the Troglodyte cave dwellings. It's been something I wanted to do every since seeing it over on Amy's blog almost two years ago. It's quite ironic though to see the comment I left there, saying how I was going to try to get Fab to take me in Spring 2008...ie when we broke up. Either way, I'm glad I finally made it.

I saw a sign for a site with 2 Troglodyte farms located about 5kms from where I was staying, so after breakfast one day, I headed off to check it out. I had the whole place myself, and thus spent a few hours making checking things out and making my way through all the different rooms.

Here's what it looks like today:And in around 1900, just before the farms were abandoned:The caves really were like mini-towns underground. There was a room for everything - sleeping quarters, kitchens with bread ovens, stables for the animals, and even wine-pressing rooms.I also found it really neat that all the rest of the houses in the village also had their own troglodyte caves underneath. You could see that some people where using them for storage:And others had turned them into apartments or gîtes:If I'm ever in the area again, I'll definitely be checking one of them out - anything has to be better than the hotel where I stayed!

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8 Comments:

Blogger Katia said...

I've stayed in a troglodyte hotel not too far from Sarlat - it was AWESOME! One of the most unique hotel experiences I've had.

October 16, 2009 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Animesh said...

wow! amazing snaps, and amazing description, as always :)

October 16, 2009 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger shannon said...

Cool! Those are the exaxct troglodytes that I went to fours years ago. I really enjoyed my visit there.

October 16, 2009 at 11:32 AM  
Blogger Starman said...

I could so easily live in one of them.

October 16, 2009 at 7:02 PM  
Blogger Alisa said...

so cool! we passed a bunch of them when i did the cirefe loire valley trip and really wanted to find out more - thanks for the info!

October 17, 2009 at 12:45 AM  
Blogger wcs said...

Looks cool. I remember when Amy posted about it, too!

Sorry we couldn't make it, but Rochemenier is about 145 km from our house! It just wasn't in the cards. :(

October 17, 2009 at 7:35 AM  
Blogger Ken Broadhurst said...

Next time, you'll have to check out the troglodyte sites east of Tours — Bourré along the Cher and Châteauvieux near Saint-Aignan. Then maybe we can get together. That would be fun.

October 17, 2009 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger Leesa said...

How COOL!! Alex and I have always talked about this... We'll have to check it out!
Glad you had a great time!

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Hahahhaa!!!

October 20, 2009 at 12:57 PM  

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