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Food and travel captivate Janet Podolak, who chronicles both for The News-Herald. Get the back story of her three decades of stories here. Guest bloggers and fellow News-Herald staffers also periodically share details of their trips.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

caves are cool even in France

Caves are usually cool places to be, a compelling thought in this heat. Depending on their access to the surface, a cave is between 55 and 65 degrees year round...quite pleasant these recent days.

Caves are a theme in several of the locally written stories on Sunday, the third edition of the new monthly travel section for The News-Herald. It wasn't planned that way, but caves figured in the trips that Tracey Read and Michael Blair took to Indiana, the visit made by Jason Lea to Chattanooga and my own recent trip to the Lozere region of France.

I'll have more on France in August - just in time to help you plan your own trip there this fall or next spring. I'm really sad that Continental cancelled its service between Cleveland and Paris because that flight made it so much easier to visit my favorite city.

But the Lozere region in Languedoc is about as far from Paris as a place can be, reached by a white-knuckle drive from Montpellier on the Mediterranean coast of France. I think my video captures that experience, so have a look.

We took a funicular the first 50 feet down, and then walked down stairs into the cave, which was one huge room big enough to hold several football fields, or the Notre Dame Cathedral.

Here's my press group inside the funicular car.

I've had many recent calls from readers wondering why their travel section is not in their Sunday paper - its home since the 1980s. Three months ago the section went monthly, and I must say it looks good. If you haven't seen it, I urge you to pick it up on Sunday July 11 or subscribe to The News-Herald so you can get it every month. Without your support it may go away, like so many things that once were part of daily newspapers.

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Anonymous More articles like this please said...

What a great video - and commentary. Thanks! Will look for the next article (and I hope video) in August!

July 12, 2010 at 6:16 AM 
Blogger Diana@DevineDesigns said...

Your video had a bit of everything didn't it? Love the sheep & field of flowers.

I am sad to hear that the CLE/CDG flight has been cancelled. After our trip to Bora Bora this fall I want to go to France on a tour of the beautiful area featured in "A Good Year".

July 12, 2010 at 11:33 PM 
Blogger Janet said...

"A Good Year" was filmed in Provence, which is just lovely. I spent time there last year researching my artists footsteps series which include Following Picasso, Light Leads the Way and Enduring Magic. See them at

July 14, 2010 at 1:29 PM 

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