We’ve been very busy with a number of different things this week, involving staying at Courmettes and going to Monaco – of which more in the next couple of weeks when we get time to write it up. So in the meantime, here are some scenic pictures of the spectacular Gorges du Verdon about an hour to the north of us. We posted some winter ones last year, but curiously we don’t ever seem to have blogged about France’s answer to the Grand Canyon, and the deepest gorge in Europe.
We took a couple of volunteers from Courmettes there at the end of May and did a small part of the epic walk along the bottom of the gorge which has unlit tunnels and winding steel stairways. It is tricky enough for there to be that rarest of things in France: a warning sign.
We then drove up to the viewpoints where we looked down on where we’d walked, nearly 600 m (2,000ft) below.
It’s an awe-inspiring place but if you are thinking of visiting be warned that the narrow and winding roads with their minimal (or non existent) crash barriers can be challenging. This is specially so in high summer when the roads are clogged by lumbering camper vans and fast-moving motorcyclists. Drivers need to ignore the views and the vultures and keep their eyes on the road.
And finally, the Verdon Gorge is the place to see Griffon vultures, from below or from above!