|I can't help throwing in another photo of our valley.|
The leaves are just so nice!
|Statue in Lourmarin|
|In the church|
|The only fireplace|
|Many old abbeys are used for music events and art shows.|
|The dormitory; monks slept on the floor on |
straw pallets, fully clothed (remember: no fireplaces!).
A picnic lunch was packed and ready to eat when we reached out next stop at the Gorges of Régalon. But on the way there, Mom had us keep our eyes open for what was marked on the map (but not mentioned in the guidebook) as an “ancient suspension bridge.” We did have to look very hard, as it was right next to the new (non-suspension) bridge over the Durance. A pull-off next to it had some picnic tables, so we stopped to get out and have a look. We aren’t sure how “ancient” it was, but it did have a wooden floor.
The gorge was just up the road, but the signs pointing to it had been covered with tape. We didn’t think much about it, but parked our car in the empty lot and ate our lunch at one of the stone picnic tables. After we had finished, Alan and Dad wandered over to a small build which looked like it was at some point an information center. They soon found out why it wasn’t open; a sign posted on the side informed us that the whole gorge was closed, and had been since February of 2009! Now why does my 2010 guidebook still have it listed as a place to go?? Apparently, the cliff edges were not stable, and the whole gorge is deemed unsafe. They had a little map posted as well with an alternate suggested walk, but we decided it didn’t look very exciting. During lunch we had been discussing if you could see the Vidauque road which Alan and I drove before Mom and Dad arrived (Alan had wanted to go back at sunrise but we never made it), so I suggested that maybe we should drive the road again instead and walk around on top a little. Alan again had to be back at 4:30pm for class, and we absolutely had to stop at a grocery store on the way home (remember when we tried to go on Sunday? Yeah, still hadn’t made it to one and we were seriously running out of food!), but we figured the road would take just about the right amount of time.
The views, with the color in the valley, were very nice. One of the fast trains went flying through the valley, adding romance to the scene as only a train can. We didn’t see birds like we did before, but we did see the sea! It was brilliantly lit by the sun, with the shadows of boat lined up by the port, probably still left over from the strike. We walked along the top for a few minutes and remembered again that we wanted to hike up to here (or close to here) from Oppede-le-Vieux. But it was time to go, so we descended to the valley again, filled up on food and fuel, and returned Alan to his class work.
|The highest ridge in the distance is the Dentiles (sp?), |
yep, because it looks like teeth - don't know if you can see it,
the photo might be too small.
|Remember this rock from before?|
|Can you see the sea?|
|This truck is along the D900, our main road to everywhere. |
It's a neat old thing. much better than just a sign : )