If you have not been to this little pocket of paradise nestled in the South East corner of France, it really should be on your places to visit in France list. Setting off on a bleak mist laden Friday morning at silly o'clock, the 900 odd kilometre distance soon gave way to blue skies and warmer climes. The countryside across France is fantastic, sunflowers giving way to grapes and the flat terrain of Poitou Charente meandering into highs and lows as we headed toward Toulouse and Carcassonne and veering toward the coastal motorways to Aix en Provence and up to the Verdon Gorge. I say up as it was literally up. The flat terrain swapped for more than just hills! But as we travelled toward our destination the scenery was spectacular. Lac de St Croix was heavenly, clean, clear and swimmable, which I did.
The place itself is perfect for campers, motor home owners, cyclists, motorcyclists, randonneurs, and all manner of water and air based sports. Hotels, B&Bs and restaurants were all busy, which was a great way of speaking the language. Next weekend it his home to the Natureman triathlon where 700+ will participate http://natureman-verdon.com/ Having seen the Gorges, we wish them the very best.
The lake and the Gorges themselves coveted picturesque villages with grape laden vines, busy restaurants and lots of people. We took the opportunity of driving through the Gorges, surprised by the small active and vibrant villages complete with bars, shops and mini markets. The twists and turns lead to a myriad of marvels.
On the way back we called in at Carcassonne to see the world's oldest castle, again another must see. The castle is steeped in history and even at the end of September was pretty busy, so we were rather thankful of visiting out of season.
We crammed a lot in 4 days and have returned refreshed and in awe of the stunning places that France has to offer, which reaffirms why we moved here in the first place. It's easy to get caught up in the work flow and let the seasons and years roll by without taking advantage of the natural beauty that France has to offer. Judging by the number of motor home travellers we came across, it seems that many a have got it right. It really was a great place to recharge those batteries. Click through the small selection of photos, who knows, you may be inspired to take a trip there yourself.