Since leaving our busy, commuter lives behind we have been increasingly fascinated by the pleasure we derive from just taking the time to learn about the world, get closer to nature and realise just how little you need to be happy. Being outdoors, hiking, cycling and taking time to just be in nature is all part of it, getting closer to our natural instincts. So we were very excited to discover that the region we have based ourselves in to relax for a couple of weeks contains a massive amount of prehistoric remains and cave art from more than 10000 years ago, giving us a great chance to learn more about just how humans developed and how our ancestors might have lived.
Parc de la Prehistoire just outside of Tarascon-sur-Ariege, a fantastic facility that tells the story of prehistoric settlers in this part of France who left traces of their settlements in the hills and caves. To be honest, initially I was a little sceptical about the visit, having found some French museums to be poorly setup for anybody who doesn't speak fluent French. However, my fears were completely unfounded as this museum even included multi language audio guides and we had a fantastic time and the visit filled our whole day.
Leaving the park in the late afternoon we felt full of appreciation for the ingenuity of the early European settlers and excited to try and learn more about the evolution of modern man. We'd also booked on a visit to actually see some of the cave paintings at the Niaux caves, one of the few places you can still visit the original drawings just a few kilometres away. Having arrived in Tarascon-sur-Ariege with no fixed plans, we felt very lucky to have found so much history right on our doorstep.
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