Provence in October – Hiking in the Verdon Gorge

Unfortunately France isn’t the best country for breakfasts. But fear not, I have a solution, the breakfast picnic! When the weather and countryside is this spectacular, who would want to sit in a cafe!

We picked up a coffee in the village and headed out to the spectacular Gorge du Verdon with our bags packed with fresh fruit, tupperware (classy), and cereal. With views this amazing – who needs a table and chairs!

 

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We did a few walks around the area – none were hugely challenging, but you will need a torch for the tunnels and there are a few little scrambles and some very steep ledges.

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Down in the ravine the sun beams  onto the river as it trickles past.

And then back up the hill again to take in the full view.

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Vertiginous drops to emerald waters.

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Up top, we could see eagles soaring and swooping in the air. I just found out that they mostly feed on snakes and vipers…..whaaaaat there were snakes in these hills???

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Part of the walk takes you through pitch dark tunnels – so be sure to take an iPhone with torch or a torch.

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Some of the tunnels have little openings and balconies that allow you to see down into the gorge. There is another part of the gorge called the Styx. I had read about it in the Wild Swimming France book but the weather was too cold for swimming and our hotel manager warned us off it – too dangerous apparently. Maybe some other time.

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Selfie by the river..

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and the action shot:

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Edd pretending he is Bear Grylls – he always manages to make these stunts look far more daring than they actually are. I’m pretty sure that this was perfectly safe……

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We had time for 2 walking routes, my favourite was the Couloir Samson. The maps are available at the tourist offices.

And now for a few pics of beautiful Moustiers:

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It’s built into the hillside and has a gorgeous stream running through it.

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For the last few days of our trip we travelled down to St. Remy. By that stage the weather had become even cooler during the day. But we still managed a trip to the beach for the least instagramy photo ever! Plastic bags of food and tupperware…food bloggers watch out 🙂

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We also visited the seaside town of Cassis on a stormy day. I had planned on kayaking out to the Calanques but the weather prevented this.

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And that is all from Provence! Au Revoir!

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