Small hike to Les Baux-de-Provence (07.02.2010)

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We know already well this village and to-day’s purpose is to discover a few new trails. In order to avoid the toll, we park north of the village beside the road D27. A path westwards allows us to see fine sights but we don’t take pictures there because the light is not optimal. Search my first blogs (links above) for previous photos and see a sample HERE of a fine view.

The lack of a path leading to the Vallon de la Fontaine compells us to find out by ourselves a passage down among rocks and prickly bushes, that makes us enjoy a little taste of adventure. The Mas de la Guerre (War Farmhouse, odd name for so quiet, remote and peaceful a place), displays a very well trimmed garden and is dominated by these face-shaped boulders. Perhaps the left one inspired Picasso for his painting Les Demoiselles d’Avignon? (lol!)

This huge rock provided a safe roof for a shepherd’s hut. This is not an ochre quarry, but the place that allowed Les Baux village to lend its name to the aluminium ore called BAUXITE. This quarry has been abandoned for a long time and is no more clearly mentioned on the maps, so it’s rather hard to find.

Time goes by too fast. We won’t visit to-day the Mont Paon (Peacock Mount), but see HERE and THERE. We cross Les Baux and have a look at its numerous religious buildings. On this fenestration dating back the year 1571, a carved inscription encourages us to hope that after darkness light might come (click to enlarge).

In fact, the main interest of Les Baux is for me based on its outstanding natural setting. The village itself, maybe slightly overrated, is much turned towards trade. On our way to the car, we cross the Val d’Enfer (Dale of Hell) with its weird and tortured-like rocks. A few km northwards, on St.Rémy-de-P.’s territory, stands this 16th century lord’s pavilion called Tour du Cardinal (Cardinal’s Tower).          Huberaime 

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