Cirque de Navacelles

The sun came out and we departed for our next grand adventure. Two hours into the drive back to Anduze, Remi surprised me with a stop at Cirque de Navacelles  — check it out on the internet, as my photos can’t do justice to this natural wonder of the world. Cirque 1Cirque 2

It is a classified UNESCO Humanity Patrimony (which means it’s considered one of the most extraordinary sites in the world). I was in awe that within two short weeks I was privileged to see two wonders of the world — the first being the Caves of Antiparos, and the second this deep, deep canyon created from a tiny river that occurred somewhere between 140-160 million years ago. Talk about the trip of a lifetime. I’m ever so grateful to Rémi for making this detour to show me this extraordinary place. My first view was from the top of the canyon. Cirque 3Rémi then drove the 10 km to the bottom where a village had been established hundreds of years ago. The switchbacks were reminiscent of a “E” ride at Disneylandand if the sight hadn’t been so inspiring I wouldn’t have been able to watch. We toured the small village and enjoyed the cascade and natural ponds. We then ascended going the opposite direction and upon reaching the top hiked to Belvédère de la Doline.Cirque 4Cirque 5


Anduze, St. Roman, Rodez – France

Each morning I took walks through the ancient village of St. Roman, which dates back to the 16th and 17th centuries.

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On the way to Rodez to visit Rémi’s friends Jean-Pierre and Genevieve Charissou, we stopped for lunch in Plateau du Larzac at Le Gare Oaux Anes and ordered the Menu du Jour….Salade de Chevre Chaud & Boeuf Bourguignon — it was pouring down rain and the warm lunch offered a welcome reprieve from the onset of winter.

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At the Farmers’ Market in Rodez –’tis the season for champignons. As we were in Roquefort country where the choices were overwhelming, cheese was also on the menu. Thankfully, Rémi knew just which one to choose, the Vieux Berger, that can be found only in this region of Aveyron. Then lunch at Jean-Pierre and Genevieve’s using the butternut squash, champignons, fish, pain and fromage fresh from the farmers’ market, felt like being back in Healdsburg.