La Bastide du Paradou
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We awoke to a fantastically clear bright morning, but bitterly cold. The first time I have worn a coat over my dressing gown and a hat to go for a shower!
We set off for our journey ...
... lunch at an outdoor cafe and then got in the car and headed north east, toward the canyon that is sometimes called the Grand Canyon of France. Skeptical, we followed the winding roads, watching as the flat landscape was replaced with rocky hills and then towering walls of copper colored rocks.
The winding two lane road would not have suited someone with a fear of heights. With few guardrails, the road dropped off sharply ...
We spent the week exploring the Gorges du Verdun along with amazing towns of Moustiers Sainte Marie, Aups and Lac Sainte Croix.
Everyday started with fresh crossants from the small bakery in the village of
Montmeyan and finished the day with local wine, cheese, pate and
bagetts....ooohh la ...
... generations between 1871 and 1944 would have had to alternate between speaking first French, then German, then French, as their first languages. Apparently many people still speak Alsatian too, but I didn’t notice it.
The Strasbourg Cathedral was also stunning, with really ornate pulpits and statues inside. The most impressive part of it is definitely the medieval astronomical clock. Every day at 12:30 this masterpiece ...
... or ancient church or artist hub and we rode straight by. So when we came out into civilization again we went directly to McDonalds for wifi, and as deprived as we felt we only ordered coffee!
France so far has been a complete contrast. The big towns, are flat stinky industrial hubs filled with warehouses and mega American restaurants, and the roads in between quintessential French villages. It's like a little time warp, riding alone in nature with old villages ...