Exploration

Inside the cave - ©Martin Souchay / CC-BY-SA Inside the cave - ©Martin Souchay / CC-BY-SA

Clamouse? A legend! The cave was named after the Latin name Fons Clamosis, Clamouse. In local dialect, clamouse means ″howler″. Well, why? Because of the water’s resurgence of the cave: filled with...

The cave - ©Pymouss / CC-BY-SA The cave - ©Pymouss / CC-BY-SA

Scoop: a crushed man in la Laugerie! Mortal rock slide The abri de la Laugerie-Basse is part of the group of caves nicknamed grottes du Grand-Roc. A natural hole sitting on the Eyzies site, along...

The interior - ©Christophe Delaere / CC-BY The interior - ©Christophe Delaere / CC-BY

François I’s sentenced persons King François I: well, well, well! We find his equestrian portrait on a cave’s wall. Hey, he came in La Balme. Yes, while he was visited the court of Savoy, he made a...

The cave - ©Thomas Bresson / CC-BY The cave - ©Thomas Bresson / CC-BY

Near the springs of the river Marne, in Balesmes-sur-Marne (Haute-Marne), here’s the cave of Sabinus: it’s 20 metres deep, 30 long, 1,30 high. But who was Sabinus? What about he and his wife Eponine...

Bruni's souvenirs in the castle - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA Bruni's souvenirs in the castle - ©Anecdotrip.com / CC-BY-NC-SA

Lost in the sea with La Pérouse Marquis and sailor A brand new owner? Yes, Raymond de Bruni, France’s General Treasurer. He was from a famous family from Aix-en-Provence. In 1737, his son Antoine...

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A clay plug The département of Lot is full of caves, chasms and beautiful natural curiosities… After Padirac, here’s Lacave and its caves! Neither the speleologist and archaeologist Armand Viré...

Inside the cave - ©TwoWings / Public domain Inside the cave - ©TwoWings / Public domain

A dangerous chasm Crooks, suicides and accidents In the area, people call the chasm Trou-de-Promeissat, ″Promeyssac’s hole″. A chasm full of mysteries, of terrible legends… Legends, because crooks...

The hands - ©Yoan Rumeau / CC-BY-SA The hands - ©Yoan Rumeau / CC-BY-SA

Gargas’ mutilated hands Mutilated hands were discovered here in the beginning of the 20th century. And yet, the cave was excavated many times: in 1865, doctor Garrigou and his friend De Chastaigner...

The chasm - ©Dimimis / CC-BY-SA The chasm - ©Dimimis / CC-BY-SA

The legend: come on, jump! The legend says the chasm of Padirac we created by the Devil, who lived here! Meanwhile, saint Martin rode through the land in search of souls to save. He didn’t find one!

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The one who saw stars A shepherd, Jean, discovered the grottes des Demoiselles for the first time… by chance! The legend says he fell in the biggest room. At the bottom, a little groggy, he saw…...


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