Innov-Agri Equipment Show
Upon leaving Paris, we decided to travel just 60 miles south to the small town of Outarville, France in order to attend the Innov-Agri Equipment Show. This show is held in different countries throughout Europe and is only held once every two years. We were glad that we scheduled this show into our trip.
Upon entry to the show grounds, it soon became obvious that there were differences, as well as similarities to American farm shows. Just as their American counterparts, the European show contained various manufactures from many different facets of the agriculture industry. It soon became obvious that this show covered a much larger area and that it required greater prior planing. The larger area did not offer additional room for equipment displays, but rather provided areas for demonstration purposes. Crops had been strategically planted throughout the show grounds, and were at various growth stages. This was done to provide equipment manufactures with an optimum way to showcase their latest models. There is no better way to test a chopper’s performance than to run it through mature corn, side by side with the competition. We enjoyed the day exploring the show, talking with fellow agriculturists, and looking at a great deal of equipment representing many areas of the agriculture industry.
The Dordogne River Valley
We then lazily drove through the French countryside enjoying the sun shinning on the of fields full of droopy headed sunflowers, drying corn, dry- farmed walnut orchards, and the occasional fortress rising above them all.
We chose the feudal village of Sarlat to use as our home-base while exploring this rich valley. Arriving early on market day we discovered a rich array of strawberries, fresh vegetables, walnuts, cheeses, and a selection of the regions specialty, “foie gras” (enlarged livers from force fed geese and ducks costing about $50.00 per pound). We shopped for fresh ingredients for dinner, but both decided against the foie gras.
The beautiful scenery and the warm weather enticed us to rent a canoe. We lazily drifted down the Dordogne River through several small hillside towns, each with their own fortress on the highest mountain top. We just docked our canoe when we wanted to look around these sleepy, relaxed towns.
We found out that this area is world-famous for their limestone caves decorated with prehistoric art. We toured the Font de Gaume cave, and were surprised by the sense of movement, and sophistication we saw in these mysterious Cro-Magnon drawings and etchings. Photographs are strictly forbidden so we have added several Google images in order to share our experience.