When I’m in the Dordogne region of southern France I’m very aware of time. It’s an easy place to be in the present moment as there is so much beauty and pleasure to experience. Here is a typical meal–fresh, organic food lovingly prepared and beautifully presented. Delicious!
The past is also very easy to be aware of. Around every corner is an old farmhouse, home or castle. On a walk one time I stopped to chat with a local woman in front of her very old home. My French is good enough that we could converse. She mentioned her family’s experience in the war. I thought she meant the second world war, but it turns out she was talking about the Hundred Years war which began in the middle 1300’s!
And finally, this area has the highest concentration of prehistoric caves in the world. Some of them have art that dates to almost 40,000 years ago! This castle is built over a cave that has a beautiful carving of a horse. The area has probably been continuously occupied for 20,000 years – layers upon layers of people living here.