May. 1st, 2011

rowanf: (rowan silk wings)

Originally uploaded by rowanf.
On Sunday, after brunch, we headed our for a tour of the area. Nearby is Lac du Sainte-Croix, one of the largest lakes in France (2200 hectares), created by a dam in the 1970s. Michael and Richard showed us one of the beaches (pebbles rather than sand) which they like to swim at during the summer.

Then we hit a Roman ruin in some nearby town (just four pillars from a temple of Apollo). I admit in stealing pix from Russell I went for the smiling faces over a decent shot of the ruins.

We tarried in the town of Moustiers Sainte-Marie. The town was on a hill with many pottery vendors, that being the speciality of the area. We looked the church with lovely stained glass and an interesting design. We had coffees and lemon drinks at a cafe over the cascade which is a river of waterfalls through the town. There is a local legend about a Lord who put up a star on a chain across the gorge above the town in fulfillment of a vow if his crusader son came home from the Holy Land. Or maybe it was something else... no one knows for sure. But today's star is the 13th to hang above the village over the centuries. The bakeries all offer star cookies. *grin*

Then we went on to a view point at the start of the Canyon du Verdon which was quite pretty. It is France's "Grand Canyon" evidently. Lots of folks in kayaks and paddle boats exploring the lake and canyon.

On the way home we stopped at a chevre dairy and got some lovely fresh goat cheese (including some to carry on our journey). We ate dinner at the Auberge de la Tour in Aups and that was lovely too.

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