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    by Maria81 Written Nov 20, 2011

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    Champollion Museum, dedicated to both Egypt and the writing systems of the world, is located in the house that was the birthplace of Jean-François Champollion - a French scholar who first deciphered the Egyptian hieroglyphic system by reading the inscriptions on the Rosetta stone.

    The first half of the museum is dedicated to Champollion's most famous discovery - Egyptian writing system, - and has sections on the hieroglyphs themselves, history, mummification rituals (including a mummy!), religion, etc.

    The secon half of the museum is dedicated to the other writing systems - including those originating in the Middle East, China, and Latin America, some of them over five thousand years old. Film projections are also featured, and there is a programme of talks (in French only).

    To make the most of your visit, there is a helpful audioguide, including English, German and Spanish versions. Entry cost was EUR 4 per person, but there are a number of discounts for groups, children, etc. The audio guide is extra. Keep in mind the museum is closed on Mondays except during the months of July and August.

    Champollion Museum
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    by foursou.0565 Written May 17, 2010

    I live near Figeac, and yes, it is a lovely town to visit, but I am so glad to live where I do. The scenery is just lovely, and still has the ability to take my breath away sometimes. But my latest additions to the family are the two dwarf goats who are becoming friendlier by the day, thanks to little slices of granny smith apples (which seem to be their favourite). So, along with the goats, we have two horses, 3 dogs and 3 cats at home and on the farm, pigs and piglets, sheep and lambs and cows and calves, ducks and ducklings, and hopefully soon, chicks. So, we are off the beaten track, come and stay with us on a bed and breakfast basis and get to know this stunningly beautiful region of France. We are close enough to all the best tourist sites for day trips and then come back for a relaxing dinner on the long terrace, watching the sun going down and the crickets making the music.

    Chilling in the Lot Dept. On guard.... enough place for everybody hot air balloons in Rocamadour - fabulous Sunset time...
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