Even the rainy weather could not dampen our spirits on a recent day trip to Samara. Not even our limited French could stop us enjoying this fascinating look back in time. This is a well thought out attraction which plays upon the real treasures found in the area harking back to prehistoric times. The very best bits for us were the reconstructed houses. Set up to mirror the way of life of various communities, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, it was marvellous to see the effort they have gone to to re-create the lifestyle. There were people 'occupying' some of the houses; blacksmith, mould maker, coin maker etc and they demonstrated ancient skills and explained how people would have lived. All in French but with plenty of visual aids. Lots for children to join in with and all the families we saw were having a great time despite the rain. The only slight disappointment was that on this visit the demonstrators were not wearing traditional dress but were clad in jeans and t-shirts. From posters displayed we could see that there were days when this was not the case and when they wore more traditional garb. Well served with toilets, seats, stopping points, good balance of indoor and outdoor activities and a good little restaurant on site. As we were leaving they even gave us a postcard to write and send to someone which would give the recipient a free adult ticket on a future visit. All in all a thoroughly great day out and all for just 9 euros per adult. We were also impressed to see they were still building and adding to the site for future visits.
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