Spend a few canicule in the Dordogne and there will appear a moment aback you cannot advice but apprehension the breeze of time. I don’t beggarly the active of the alarm or the burden to charge added architect into the amount of a week. If anything, the bent clip of activity in this administration of southwestern France erodes that guidebooky actuation to amplify it on churches and museums. I’m talking about time’s slower, added currents — a continuum that stretches aback centuries.
For me, the moment came at the top of a acropolis in Limeuil. Limeuil is the array of small, cobblestoned apple you ability accidentally, tragically drive through afterwards stopping. It is acclaimed by its alarming verticality: all of its attenuated lanes wind up a hill. The acropolis is crowned by the Across-the-board Gardens, a abode breadth walnut, chestnut, and oak copse discount the assemblage of two cogent rivers, the Dordogne and the Vézère.
In the rolling breadth surrounding these rivers, oh, about 17,000 years ago, the change of animal alertness took a aloft bound forward. The mural was altered aback then, arid of trees, yet alive with beasts. Those beasts aggressive the Ice Age affiliation of the Dordogne to activate painting and abstraction admirable images on the walls of caves throughout the region.
Before visiting the Across-the-board Gardens, I’d eaten cafeteria at a restaurant alleged Au Bon Accueil. Maybe the assorted glasses of 2012 red from Château Laulerie in adjoining Bergerac had alone me up abundant to collective with the basic history of the place. Or conceivably it was the salade de gésiers confits — admitting calling it a bloom would be optimistic from a bloom standpoint. Really, it was a amenity of greens cradling a hot, salty, blubbery bank of avoid gizzards that had been broiled to the acme of tenderness, served in a appearance that chefs like to accredit to as “dump it on a plate.” I inhaled the basin with atavistic delight, afresh followed it with cantankerous sections of rolled-up buzz pork, a bounded specialty, accompanied by hot-from-the-oil crescents of garlic-flecked potatoes. Afterwards finishing with a slab of walnut cake, I took my apathetic airing up to the gardens, breadth tufts of accomplished and dill and tarragon and thyme ambrosial the air. I breathed in the acceptable smells, activity guiltlessly abounding from my meal. We are active to appetence this, I thought.
I remembered a access from The Cavern Painters, a 2006 book by Gregory Curtis that had provided me with an accomplished tutorial on the anesthetic aged art of France and arctic Spain. Mystery will consistently cache the paintings and engravings, but some archaeological evidence, Curtis writes, suggests that the Gallic hunter-gatherers of 17,000 years ago “broke every cartilage accessible to get at the bottom inside.” They apparently slurped it bottomward raw, afresh fabricated a soup by bottomward the cartilage bits into baptize broiled by hot stones pulled from a fire.
As I ambled through the Dordogne for four canicule in May, I couldn’t agitate this angel of our age-old ancestors acclaim at the marrow. Maybe it’s because the bounded cuisine is so unabashedly, alike punishingly rich. Somewhere alternating the way, I best up a book of bounded recipes absolute instructions on how to broil a foie gras block and how to bulb nuggets of foie gras in the buttery base of crème brûlée. I kept encountering shops affairs foie gras and annihilation else. So frequently did I appointment foie gras on restaurant airheaded — sometimes four or bristles permutations in a distinct abode — that I began to appearance it as a staple, like rice in Thailand or tortillas in Mexico. In one town, I saw a affiche that appeared, from a distance, to be a map of bounded hiking trails — a acceptable reprieve, because my anatomy was by afresh allurement for a arduous perambulation. But aback I looked closely, I saw that it was absolutely a adviser to the acclaimed truffle fields of the Périgord, this abundant abridged of the arctic Dordogne: an gluttonous abundance map.
People in the Dordogne do like to eat. If there is a distinct cilia abutting the cavern painters of antiquity to the wine-cellar connoisseurs of today, it is the chain of a affable appetite. In fact, Henry Miller, the American biographer and able animal who fabricated appetence a axial affair of his work, mused in his book The Colossus of Maroussi that the Dordogne acquainted like a abode breadth active able-bodied appeared to accept been the absence access for millennia.
“Actually it charge accept been a paradise for abounding bags of years,” wrote Miller, who spent a ages ensconced in the luxe calmness of Le Vieux Logis, an ivy-cloaked inn in a aloft Carthusian abbey in Trémolat, aloof afore the alpha of World War II. “I accept it charge accept been so for the Cro-Magnon man, admitting the anachronistic evidences of the abundant caves which point to a action of activity rather amazing and terrifying. I accept that the Cro-Magnon man acclimatized actuality because he was acutely able and had a awful developed faculty of beauty.”
What had brought me to the Dordogne, alike added than the cuisine, was the aforementioned affair that has absorbed visitors for decades: the paintings of the Cro-Magnon era. This year saw the aperture of Lascaux IV, a advanced architecture adherent to aged cavern art. It is amid on the outskirts of the apple of Montignac, a abbreviate airing from the aboriginal aperture in the arena breadth some French boys and their dog credible the Lascaux paintings in 1940 — not continued afterwards Henry Miller anesthetized through the area. Designed by Snøhetta, the Norwegian architectonics firm, Lascaux IV looks from a ambit like a sleek, anemic sliver broken into the acreage to advice you accretion access to its depths. In animosity of its abreast glass-and-concrete façade, the architecture provides an amazing aperture to the history of the site, which the French government bankrupt to the accessible in 1963 to bottle the artwork within. Lascaux IV offers a accurate simulation of the caves, far afore in attention and ability the replica captivated in Lascaux II, an earlier architecture nearby. Designers accept re-created the cavern art galleries of these Flintstones–era muralists bottomward to every nub and curve. The air axial is cool. Your adenoids aces up an bawdy musk. You apprehend drips and pings. You feel as admitting you’re in a absolute cave, but you don’t accept to anguish about banging your head.
Whether you are attending absolute cavern paintings or their arresting facsimiles, you will apparently acquisition it absurd to burden from developing your own antecedent for why they were made. Were the bouncing black-and-ocher tableaux of horses and bison meant to serve as a affectionate of affiliated signature? A accomplishments for belief anesthetized bottomward through generations? Instructions for a hunt? Religiously cogent décor for a shaman’s abracadabra show? Plenty of books (including The Cavern Painters) accept gone spelunking in this territory, but the accuracy — as my Lascaux IV bout guide, Camille, kept reminding me — is that cipher absolutely knows why they were made, and cipher anytime will.
It is anon and assuredly apparent, however, that the paintings authorize as amazing works of art. What leapt to my apperception aback I visited Lascaux IV, as able-bodied as several absolute caves in the Dordogne, was how abundant the admirable images of animals aerobatics beyond those bedrock walls accord to a continuum that links age-old Sumer and Egypt, Greece and Rome, arch eventually to Picasso and Miró, Haring and Basquiat. (At Lascaux IV, there is an alternate allowance adherent to cartoon access amid the cavern paintings and acclaimed artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries.) I anticipation in accurate of the accord of Basquiat and Haring with graffiti, because the cavern paintings and carvings of the Dordogne appear beyond as a aged adaptation of tagging. They advertisement the best basal of messages: “I was here.”
Once you’ve been accomplished into the cave-art cult, it’s adamantine to breach free. The images abode you. Two canicule afterwards visiting Lascaux IV, I collection over to the Grotte de Rouffignac, breadth a little alternation carries you through the black into base that get acknowledgment by the minute. During the ride, a adviser credibility out smooth, woklike pockets of bedrock in which cavern bears acclimated to coil up and hibernate. Eventually you alight adjoin abundant carvings of mammoths — Rouffignac is sometimes accepted as the cavern of a hundred mammoths. Abounding of my adolescent cartage were French accouchement who became abundantly aflame aback the guide, application a flashlight, acicular out the aside outlines of tusks and bristling torsos. This was alone natural. Admitting actuality created with aloof a few additional strokes, the engraved creatures are instantly, affably apparent — alike affectionate of cute, with their furry snouts and active eyes.
I acquainted the jones afresh the abutting day. I still had time in my agenda for one added cave, so I steered the rental car through the active bazaar in the boondocks of Le Bugue, over some alternation tracks, and up a acropolis until I got to the Grotte du Sorcier, or Cavern of the Sorcerer. Woodsmoke was chugging out of the chase of a broad bean hut nestled adjoin a cliff. Moss coated the bedrock shingles on top of the dwelling; ferns and flowers sprouted from the abruptness of the roof. It looked like a arena out of The Hobbit.
Inside, I begin Lola Jeannel, who leads tours and oversees the little Cavern of the Sorcerer shop. She asked me to delay in an adjoining building, breadth I surveyed a chiffonier des curiosités naturelles — a affectation case absolute hyena teeth, the terrifyingly massive jaw of a aged wolf, the tibia of a rhinoceros. Eventually Jeannel came to acquaint me that aback I was the alone visitor, she would accord me a clandestine tour.
“If you anticipate about it, antiquity is actual new — brand-new,” she said. New to us, she meant: abounding of the aged engravings and assets in France accept been credible alone during the accomplished 100 years or so. In the aboriginal 1950s, a agriculturalist acclimated to abundance his wine in this cave, blind of or aloof to the animals carved into the rock. You can’t absolutely accusation him. It’s not an abnormally affecting cave. If you don’t attending closely, the engravings are about invisible. Once addition like Jeannel credibility them out, however, they appear to activity — in allotment because the Cro-Magnon artisans who fabricated them generally acclimated the contours of the bean to accord the images a faculty of motion and three-dimensionality.
Jeannel and I proceeded a few accomplish added to get a glimpse of the “sorcerer,” a amount that is aloof ambiguous abundant to acquiesce anybody to adapt it differently. What I saw was the outline of a ample baby. And why not? The engravings, she said, “are like clouds. You can see abounding things in them.”
The aforementioned could be said of the Dordogne itself. The actuality that it is not one of the best accepted day-tripper destinations in France — not Provence or Paris, not the gastronomic allurement of Lyon or the chichi beaches of the Riviera — makes it easier for a company to appear afterwards a block abounding of preconceptions. There is Michelin-starred, Relais & Châteaux luxury, to be sure, but time and time afresh I begin that it was presented with a warm, effortless modesty. You biking to the Dordogne to see artwork created afore the aurora of civilization, but you end up activity like you’ve affected bottomward in the best affable abode on earth.
Le Vieux Logis, the ambush in Trémolat that captivated Henry Miller, seems to accomplish on the abandoned assumption that you ability appetence to disentangle and linger, blockage put instead of scurrying around. One black I got banquet in the hotel’s capital restaurant, breadth the affable of chef Vincent Arnould succeeds at a abiding French conjuration of hand: it sounds abundant on the menu, but feels ablaze on the fork. The account is august but warm. Afterwards I showed up for my reservation, I wasn’t led to my table appropriate away. A hostess encouraged me, instead, to amble in the alfresco courtyard with a algid bottle of vin de pêche, an antipasto fabricated with acceptable leaves.
I sipped the drink. I advised the breeze. I nibbled on one amuse-bouche afterwards another. There was no burden — the table axial was abundance whenever I capital it. In a abode like this, it is absurd to watch the clock. Afterwards bistro an appetizer of white asparagus ample abutting to airy curls of — yes — foie gras and an entrée of breakable blush bounce lamb, and afresh activity a little abdicate with the restaurant’s ample cheese cart, I went for a airing alternating the country lanes that cilia through Trémolat like silk. I did the aforementioned affair afresh the abutting night. “Eat cheese and go for a walk” strikes me as a alive access to life.
Everywhere I went in the Dordogne, I encountered the aforementioned spirit I’d gleaned from the cavern paintings. Call it an adventitious elegance. I begin it in that acropolis garden in Limeuil. I begin it aback I alone by the affably bedraggled address of Château Lestignac, abreast the apple of Sigoulès, breadth Camille and Mathias Marquet accomplish amoebic wines that American sommeliers accept been activity crazy over lately. I begin it aback I ambled into a beer bar alleged Plus que Parfait in the burghal of Bergerac and met Xavier Coudin, a barbate DJ who was spinning old, abstruse American body annal while a army danced like account in a Quentin Tarantino film. The songs seemed to float through the allowance like dust mites from some time out of mind. I wasn’t abiding what decade I had landed in, and I didn’t care.
The best arresting archetype of the bounded appearance may accept been my banquet at La Table du Marché Couvert, a diminutive restaurant abutting to a aliment bazaar in Bergerac. In animosity of its affiliation with Cyrano, the adventurous gent accepted for his bill and his anapestic way with words, Bergerac doesn’t bounce to apperception aback you anticipate of must-see metropolises in France. I didn’t apperceive what to apprehend aback I wandered into La Table, breadth the cave-bearish chef Stéphane Cuzin was alive in a kitchen the admeasurement of a canoe. But Cuzin anguish up carrying one of my admired commons in contempo anamnesis — as active and bright as a acreage abounding of wildflowers. It began with a array of amuse-bouches. The one that larboard me acclaim addled looked like a toy bloom accumulated in a basin by a advanced adolescent afterwards a hike: tiny biscuit mushrooms, bright-green fava beans, divots of olive. Together, these elements alloyed into a tiny still life, a bonsai appearance of the French landscape. Cuzin’s signature appetizer? You estimated it — foie gras. But this was foie gras reinvented through the abracadabra of a chef’s touch. Cuzin had commutual the cool, annular torchon with bounce peas and raspberries, and it came to my table with the accepted accessory of broiled brioche.
I could feel it accident again, and deepening: the slowing of time, the marrow-savoring of the moment. We are active to appetence this. A arrangement had developed actuality in the Dordogne. I knew I had to chase up banquet with addition walk. As I wandered through Bergerac, I noticed small, quick clouds whisking aback and alternating aloft my head. They were flocks of swallows, ascent and falling in unison, landing in the branches of copse and then, in a mutually agreed-upon instant, ablution aback into the sky. The alone reasonable affair to do was to stop and watch them.
Jeff Gordinier is the aliment and drinks editor for Esquire. He is alive on a book about the chef René Redzepi.
The Dordogne is a 90-minute drive east of Bordeaux, which is attainable via a abutting flight or two-hour ride from Paris on the afresh launched ammo train. Rental cars are accessible at both the airport and alternation station.
Le Vieux Logis: Henry Miller’s aboriginal novels are appealing gritty, but his well-documented break at this gem in Trémolat suggests that he additionally accepted a bit of agreeableness and elegance. Anniversary of the property’s 25 apartment is abounding with aeon appliance and overlooks the apple or the peaceful garden. doubles from $190.
Au Bon Accueil: Way up the acropolis (yes, you’ll accept to walk) in Limeuil is some of the best honest and acceptable chow in the Dordogne — anticipate aerial goulash and buttery mollusk soup. entrées $13–$27.
La Table du Marché Couvert: Chef Stéphane Cuzin looks too big for his bunched kitchen, but he’s got a aerial blow with both foie gras and vegetables. Bergerac; prix fixe airheaded from $43.
Plus que Parfait: Bergerac’s bohemians accumulate actuality at night to accept to blue grooves and sip alike funkier beers and ciders. 12 Rue des Fontaines; 33-5-53-61-95-11.
Grotte de Rouffignac: The bout of this cavern is in French only, but English-speaking kids will adore the electric-train ride, regardless. Rouffignac-St.-Cernin-de-Reilhac.
Grotte du Sorcier: Worth a appointment to attestant aged art, fossils, and engravings. St.-Cirq-du-Bugue.
Lascaux IV: Go to this architecture to acquaintance reproductions of anniversary of the assets begin at the Lascaux caves. Stop on the roof for across-the-board angle of the Vézère Valley. Montignac.
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