Gone Bananas

Yesterday we found a flyer for a monkey forest. Yes, a place where monkeys roam relatively free. The Macaque monkey has decline 50% in the last 40 years and this conservationalist forest of 20 hectares have bred and released 600 monkeys back to their natural habitat. They ask a modest €9 to enter which helps save the little things and so we decided to head in.

Merv’s favourite animal is the monkey which explains why he loves himself so much.

Twins

Twins

They give you a handful of popcorn on your way in which you can feed to whichever monkey you choose but some have the operation sewn up I tell Ya. There’s a couple of old timers (about 30) which is ancient for monkeys and they are wiser than ourselves. They just have to look at you for a second with their beady eyes and put out their hand and BOOM you are a pile of butter, melted all over the shop.

Looking cute for popcorn

Looking cute for popcorn

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It’s nice to see that they can roam freely in such a large area. I for one am not a big fan of zoos or cages for animals.

Playing back gammon with the monkey

Playing back gammon with the monkey

 

Merv and I cooked a double dinner yesterday to last til today but on opening it this evening we realised it was a bad idea in the ferocious heat. We spent the day in a town high above the valley with a picturesque view looking down on a castle and ramparts cut into a cliff.

Rocamadour village

Rocamadour village

There was an actual elevator to go down or up and we thought we might be able to ride down the hill on the bicycles And get a lift back up but the lady in the booth didn’t entertain the idea when Merv went up to ask and didn’t even bother to get off his bike.

Speaking of castles, we’ve seen our fair share lately.

Tomorrow we head back toward the Dordogne river where we can swim again.

Dordogne

Dordogne

It’s been so hot that we feel like we’re going mental. Just ten minutes ago it started randomly lashing rain and I just stood in it trying to cool off. I’m sure there was steam coming off me. Oh and Merv tried to use our thermometer to measure the temp of the water in our drinking bottles but it broke. That’ll tell Ya.

It’s a horrible feeling when you go to wipe the sweat off your forehead but your ha d is sweaty too so you then try to rub it on your shoulder for a bit of relief and that is also dripping. Then you stop and have a glug of water but it’s like tea and there is no shop in sight!

 

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