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Travel Blogs from Les Vans
Fears of another bakefest prompted some folks to leave early today - myself included, albeit for another reason: my roomie's snoring kept me from sleeping and since I was already up and still full from last night's megadinner, I figured I may as well hit the road. And what an unexpected day it turned out to be: we had
- 480 metres more climbing than yesterday, but it was ...
... water then the bartender filled our bottles before we moved on to Pont d'Arc, which was a very impressive and very busy spot, then through Vallon-Pont-d'Arc and finally Ruoms on our way to our hotel which is part of a large camping resort area near Lagorce.
The Domain de Chaussy is an awful lot like the place we stayed in Gréoux-les-Bains in 2011. In the middle of the hotel and the substantial number of campsites is ...
... hotel is connected to a large campground. The central building has a dining room, snack bar and four pools, one of which you can see in the pictures. Most of us are planning to eat here tonight, but service does not start until 8pm.
We are expecting another warm day tomorrow. The challenge is finding enough water en route and ensuring at we consume a lot. More ...
... the Rhone into the Languedoc, where some dodgy roads ultimately gave way (after a bit of climbing up the Gorges de la Ceze) to a glorious descent through Laval-Saint-Roman, where I found a place to get out of the heat and enjoy my sandwich.
Then it was on past Aigueze and across the bridge at Saint-Martin-d'Ardeche to start the 34km ascent through (really up and down) the Gorges de ...
... their bishopric. There is a very large monolith which is now in the center of the village. The cathedral was built on the top of this rocky prominence and initially surrounded by wooden fences but eventually stone walls. The town grew up around the base of the rock. The town has been preserved as a historical landmark. Only 30% of the buildings are occupied. The cathedral was started in 400 AD. It was originally built in the ...
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking