Having finished the Route des Grande Alpes at Nice we followed the river Var north to Entrevaux. A charming medieval town reached by crossing a narrow bridge over the Var. It was also watched over by its citadel high up on a rocky outcrop.
Heading for the Grand Canyon of the Gorge du Verdon and the start town of Castellane.
Drove the Route de Crete on the north side of the gorge. Narrow, windy road (but having ‘mastered’ the scary Dolomites and Alps passes it held no fear!) with some stunning views. Stayed at La Palud sur Verdon before continuing along the north side and finishing at Vinon sur Verdon.
Back to Arles, one of our favourite stops on the way down through France 4 months earlier. It was nice and relaxing coming back to Arles (somewhere we felt we knew and didn’t have to start from scratch!).
After visiting Avignon (the bridge of ‘Sur le pont d’Avignon’ fame and the Pope’s Palace) we stayed at the castle at Châteauneuf-du-Pape – you surely have drunk some of this wine at Christmas?
Up next more Roman remains. The Roman theatre at Orange, which has a rare preserved theatre back wall. Followed by one of the best preserved Roman Aqueducts at Pont du Gard. We stayed overnight in the nearby town of Remoulins.
We headed north to Cévennes National Park. Stayed at campsite at Luziers. Next day we drove the Corniche des Cévennes, a ridge top road through the park. We followed that with a completely contrasting drive though the Gorges du Tarn. Stayed overnight in the Gorge at Les Détroits.
A longish drive today heading for Carcassonne, stopping off to look at another bridge. This time a modern viaduct at Millau. We stayed overnight in a picnic area at
In the morning we got to Carcassonne. Spent most the day touring the old Cite and it’s castle. Evening in the more ‘modern’ Bastide Saint Louis
Next day headed for the hills and stayed in the foothills of the Pyrenees at St Béat.