Our annual trip with our French club took us to the caves at Villars, close to the historic town of Brantôme. The caves were discovered by potholers in 1953 and run a total of 13km and over time the underground river has carved out beautiful galleries featuring stalactites, stalagmites and calcite formations. Later, in 1958 paintings were found on the walls showing horses, goats and men and are estimated to be 19,000 years old. The calcite is gradually covering the paintings and once it’s a centimetre thick, they won’t be visible anymore. It’s not easy to capture the beauty of the caves well on camera or the scale but here’s a couple of the best ones.