Short bit of History.
The summer of 1789 was the outbreak of the French Revolution. There were numerous good reasons that triggered the French Revolution, but one of the main reasons was BREAD!!.. the price of bread was soaring. For example, in August 1788, 50% of a peasant’s income went toward the purchase of bread. By July 1789, this figure had risen to 80%. Bread was a way of collecting taxes, and it was illegal for peasants to own an oven, grindstone and to bake their own bread. Some people risked their lives to supply bread illegally to the poorest peasants. The most famous of these heroes was “Jacques le Croquant” He and his men put up communal ovens hidden away in the hills and forests, well guarded and well used, risking their lives to help others.
Jacques le Croquant was captured in May of 1794 on the day of his 26th birthday … he was be-headed on his birthday.
Just 2 months later on July 28, 1794 the French Revolution came to an end.
In the footsteps of Jacques le Croquant.
This amazing journey takes you on a real exciting and fascinating journey back in time. You will get to see 5 ORIGINAL illegal ovens still tucked away. You will travel along ancient paths, to ruined villages, the ruins of a Templar Hospital, and numerous caves and shelters. A lot of this adventure is off the beaten track. The trip can be done in about 6 hours, but can be extended with various other hikes.
It is possible to do a shorter version of this trip, but we really do not recommend it unless you are really short on time.
This adventure is a MUST for anyone interested in Historic and adventurous off the beaten trail hikes.
For more info please visit www.walkingdordogne.com
Looking for accommodation in Les Eyzies?
B&B Ferme de Tayac, lovely 12th Century buildings, once monastery and farm. Its one meter thick walls, oak beam structures, and rooms carved out of the rock, make it a wonderful place to stay whilst you explore this fascinating part of the Vezere Valley. Your stay will be enhanced by the friendly hospitality and homely comfort offered by your hosts Suzanne and Mike. You will enjoy the pleasant garden, the refreshing swimming pool, and maybe the occasional five minute stroll into Les Eyzies, famous as the “Prehistoric Capital of the World” It is here that Cro Magnon man our ancestor made it one of the richest and most exciting of archaeological areas.
Walking Dordogne recommends B&B Ferme de Tayac – www.fermedetayac.com