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Post by very19 on Thu Jun 19, 2014 8:56 pm

Did you enjoy a visit, or are left speechless in front of a fantastic place ? It would be pleasant and surely appreciated to report here and give some useful information to others. Won’t it!

Hope this thread will encourage to visit remarkable sites, monuments, castles, of this beautiful and rich region of France.

Many place to visit not too far. Entertain you helpful! Smile 

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GIMEL LES CASCADES

Post by very19 on Thu Jun 19, 2014 9:16 pm

One of the most beautiful natural sites in the Corrèze located 12 km northwest of Tulle. Cascades are composed of three successive falls of the river Montane a total height of 143 meters: Le Grand Saut 45m, the Redole 38 m. Queue de Cheval 60 m. It plunges into the abyss of'' Inferno''.

We paid 6 € / person

If not necessary to be an athlete it is preferable to have good fitness and not to do after a big french meal! Particularly for to go up the hundreds of steps at the end of the visit. But with time all is possible.
There is a little snack at entrance. Very appreciated after the  final ascent 
After visiting the falls we discovered a charming village that we do recommend to have a little walk through.
Notice the stream of the falls could be less at end of summer, the best period is spring.

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From the GIMEL village, the entrance


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English description :
http://www.world-of-waterfalls.com/europe-gimel-les-cascades.html

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Re: Visiting around

Post by Inkflo on Fri Jun 20, 2014 11:33 am

Thanks for that, I've often seen the sign for it. Looks interesting.
We went to Brantome yesterday, such a pretty place and loads of restaurants all along the riverside.
Boat trips and kayak hire available, well worth a visit.
Love Castelnaud and Hautefort too.

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Gouffre de LA FAGE

Post by very19 on Fri Jul 11, 2014 9:03 pm

What a nice suprise it was. We went thinking of a little interest site but found a marvellous one.
Very close to Brive, this site worth visiting. You are free to visit galleries at your own pace and take time to admire the beauty of nature's creations.

The site in english : http://www.gouffre-de-la-fage.com/en/index.htm

Hope you 'll enjoy too. Tell us!

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Re: Visiting around

Post by Amber on Sat Jul 12, 2014 12:44 pm

I agree with all three of the above recommendations, they are all great although I have to confess I refused to pay to see a waterfall at Gimel so we walked along the riverbank, which in fact is very undulating (to say the least!) it was quite a hot day and it was shaded by the trees and absolutely beautiful. It's also a very pretty village with wonderful flower displays and a few very tempting shops!


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Gouffre de Padirac

Post by Amber on Sat Jul 12, 2014 12:50 pm

Sorry, I was mistaken about Very 19's post - it was Gouffre de Padirac we went to where you are taken in a boat on an underground journey through the huge caverns. I'm not at all keen on caves but this was really amazing and so beautiful. There is quite a lot of climbing stairs and walking to get back out so not recommended for those with mobility problems - having said that I have bad arthritis in my knees but I managed it although I was glad of a rest at the end!

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Re: Visiting around

Post by twointheeye on Sun Jul 13, 2014 7:23 am

Good idea this but unfortunately what has been mentioned so far is too far away for us (three dogs, can't go out for a day just a few hours). Has anyone been to the wolves near Gueret? It doesn't seem much for the money, but if you've been there maybe you could recommend? Anywhere else in central/east Creuse and northern Haut Vienne areas we can take a 16yo and a 86yo? So far we only have a day or two at the swimming lakes on the itinerary.

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Re: Visiting around

Post by lady of leisure on Sun Jul 13, 2014 7:30 am

Hello, we have been to the wolf park it is interesting and worth a visit BUT the walk through the grounds is a bit tricky ie up and down if you know what I mean . If every one is fit and sound on their feet most enjoyable and across the road is the giant maze.

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Post by peirol on Sun Jul 13, 2014 10:18 am

We've been to the wolf park near Gueret, and enjoyed seeing these shy but beautiful creatures. We particularly liked the interpretation exhibition, which has really interesting (and quite lengthy) explanations about the role of the wolf in fairy tales, mythology and human psychology.

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Re: Visiting around

Post by Myriam on Sun Jul 13, 2014 1:16 pm

Are the wolves in cages or do they have room to move semi-freely? Love wolves, but could not bear to go there if they are kept in bad conditions of captivity.
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Re: Visiting around

Post by peirol on Sun Jul 13, 2014 1:19 pm

I completely agree with you Myriam. The wolves are not in cages, they can roam freely in large reservations. If anything, it is the humans whose movement is restricted, as you can only walk along fenced-off footpaths.

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Re: Visiting around

Post by Myriam on Sun Jul 13, 2014 1:34 pm

Glad to hear it. Thanx Peirol!
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Re: Visiting around

Post by very19 on Fri Jul 18, 2014 7:44 pm

Amber wrote:Sorry, I was mistaken about Very 19's post - it was Gouffre de Padirac we went to where you are taken in a boat on an underground journey through the huge caverns. I'm not at all keen on caves but this was really amazing and so beautiful. There is quite a lot of climbing stairs and walking to get back out so not recommended for those with mobility problems - having said that I have bad arthritis in my knees but I managed it although I was glad of a rest at the end!

Oh yes, PADIRAC is unique and must be visited if possible. That's almost the first visit we do when some new family or friends come visiting us.

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Chateau de Hautefort

Post by very19 on Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:26 pm

We had a visit last month with family and enjoyed discovering this castle.

Web site in english : http://www.chateau-hautefort.com/en/home/
It is localized in Dordogne not far from Correze.
Castle indoor and gardens are interesting both. You're free to go every place at your pace.

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Re: Visiting around

Post by Inkflo on Tue Oct 07, 2014 1:32 pm

Hautefort is a great place to visit, we love it.

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Re: Visiting around

Post by Amber on Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:27 am

One of my sons is more interested in the Lac de Coucou below Hautefort Chateau - it's a great place for fishing! Laughing

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Re: Visiting around

Post by very19 on Thu Oct 09, 2014 5:17 pm

Funny name! "Coucou" meaning hello in french. It's a "étang" rather a "lac".

Look its emptying :
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Re: Visiting around

Post by Amber on Fri Oct 10, 2014 4:28 pm

Ooops, of course it is, thanks Very19! Rolling Eyes

I have some chickens called 'Coucou de Rennes', I wonder how the breed got that name?

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Re: Visiting around

Post by Richard T on Fri Oct 10, 2014 9:38 pm

Amber wrote:I have some chickens called 'Coucou de Rennes', I wonder how the breed got that name?
"Coucou" also means "cuckoo". I'm not a chicken expert but I think the colouring of Coucou de Rennes resembles the plumage of a cuckoo.

Although of course Very19 is absolutely right that "coucou" means "hello" I feel it's used in rather special, and very informal, circumstances and not, for example, to say hello to the postman or your boss. You might use it as a greeting to your family when you get home in the same way that some might shout out "Hiya" as they walk through the door. I think you might use it to say hello to a baby as you tickle its chin. It's the sort off thing my dog would say (if only he could speak) when he meets another dog. You know the routine: they touch noses and wag tails, and I'll say "coucou" on his behalf. It could also mean something like "peekaboo".

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