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We are driving to-day across Albion plateau, heading to the heart of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence département.
Near Revest-du-Bion, we enjoy the scents and the colours of this open landscape. Late poppies add their strokes to the lavender in full bloom, with the east side of Mount Ventoux in the background.
From its hill, Banon overlooks the heart of the blue country. This little village is famous for its goat milk cheese, wrapped in chestnut tree leaves. A bit further, we drive to the southern slopes of Lure mountain and we finish the climbing on foot. From the top, to the west, we can behold the mountain’s twin brother, Mount Ventoux, whose summit is a little higher and bolder than its sister’s.
Going down to Saint-Etienne-les-Orgues, we stop and have a rest at Notre-Dame-de-Lure former abbey, a delightful place in summer. A man is dwelling there, in a small house beside the church. His life must be tough in winter.
Driving southwards, close to Fontienne, we enjoy a general view of the mountain.
We are now 27 km southwards Digne-les-Bains. The ruined set high up village of Vieux Bras-d’Asse is slowly being restored by an association of Belgians and overlooks the modern locality which is more sheltered in the valley. This tiny but finely coloured butterfly reminds us that the show is also at our feet. Huberaime