"It's Only A Ramp. It's An Easy Walk"...

Trip Start Apr 20, 2012
Trip End May 23, 2012

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Flag of France  , Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azu,
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

It's another 7.00am start today, with a half hour walk to a station to catch the "Chemin de Fer de Provence" up the Var River valley north of Nice. It's a small train like a V-Line Sprinter... Just 2 connected carriages, four trips a day, some local commuters but mainly tourists.

"Tell me about your uncle's family history here" I ask Liz, thinking we are going to visit some ancestral base.

"Oh no ancestors!" she replies. "He used to own a house here that I always wanted to visit."

A HOUSE! We have come all this way to see an ex-holiday house?!!!

But this is of course, not your standard Dromana shack.

Entrevaux is a mediŠval fortified village with 10-11th century roots, most notably a wall, gatehouses, drawbridges and a 17th century citadel guarding the place from 156m above the town. It also has history dating back over 2000 years and sits above the Var River which flows with the milky blue coloring of water originating in the Alps higher above.

A stroll around the old town pinpoints the house in question. We also find the obligatory cathedral, museum, bar and bakery. A ham and cheese baguette for lunch is crunchy and delicious.

Then the question is raised about climbing to the citadel at the top of the village. WAY UP above.

Serious climbing.

"It's not stairs, only a ramp." says the lady in the Tourist information Office.
"It's easy walking. Only 30 minutes..."

So with much doubt as to that assessment, I pay my €3 and follow Liz out. And up. And it takes ALL of the 30 minutes with much stopping to admire and photograph the scenery on my part.

And it can't be denied... stunning scenery it is. Up and down the valley, over the mediŠval town below, across to craggy mountain ridges and up to the citadel which is finely placed to defend the town.

The walk down is easier, the icecream is even better and the 90 minute return train trip makes for perfect snoozing time!
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John Theobald on

i am glad you made it to Entrevaux and were able to share some of the experiences that captured us for those years we owned Maison Charvin in the Rue de l'Horloge. We would like to thank Jenny(?) for enabling us to join you on your trip - a wonderful record!

Bev Dean on

We all are very happy with Jenny's blog - it has taken us with you all the way. Armchair travel!!

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