What a wonderful experience. We drove a twisting road up the cliffside to a tiny parking area by an impressive rusted metal welcome centre leading through a massive rock overhang into the cavern. Dark, uneven, often wet footing and a pretty long walk - if you're afraid of being in a dark enclosed space, of falling or have trouble walking think twice - seriously, four people from our group of 24 slipped or fell at one time or another. However, Niaux is worth any discomfort; the images extraordinary. Geometric markings in black and red, then a little farther the animals, each more lifelike and brilliant than the last. In black, moving with the flickering light, bison, oryx, horses. Such sure and lovely lines; warm and lively eyes. Our guide was great, clearly an expert on this site and the culture of these artists that lasted for 25,000 years. This is the real thing, not a reconstruction like Lascaux, and we felt humbled to be in the presence of such art. Note that there is one english tour each day, so book ahead; and wear shoes with good grips.
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