Sunday, June 24, 2007

LES GORGES D'ARDÈCHE

ON THE WAY TO PROVENCE - MAY 2005

The Gorges de l'Ardèche’s area is one of the richest natural sites in Europe, as it groups together natural sights, beautiful landscapes, prehistoric art, cultural traditions and wonderful museums. The famous panoramic road of the «Gorges de l'Ardèche», on the northern side of the River Ardèche and with thirty two kilometres linking Vallon-Pont-d'Arc and St. Martin d'Ardèche, proposes an important quantity of places to see, with the spectacular gorges as the highlight!



"BEACH - The fluvial beach at Pont d'Arc in the Ardèche countryside provides the chance for a nice contrast between travellers and swimmers..."


"PONT D'ARC is a great natural bridge, carved out by the Ardèche River, with a width of sixty meters and a height of more than thirty"



"BELVEDERES - The limestone cliffs and the covering forests of the Gorges de l'Ardèche were granted nature reserve status in 1980. They result from geological changes that began 110 million years ago"


"CIRQUE DE LA MADELEINE"


"HEADING TO ST. MARTIN D'ARDÈCHE, where the marathon ends"

24 comments:

Shionge said...

Oh Wow! What a beautiful sight :D It took my breathe away ;)

Aditi said...

its beautiful.. and makes me wonder if its this gorgeous in pictures..what would it be like in person..

Irina said...

Every time I see such a beauty of Nature as this I ask myself 'How dare we call a man the Lord of Creation?! How dare we compete with Nature Almighty?!'

Peter said...

Thanks for making me revisit! Have been following the same road quite often, also on the way to or from Provence - much nicer than the "Autoroute du Sud" - if you have the time, of course! Even better if you can avoid July / August!

Abraham Lincoln said...

Very nice photography of a beautiful area.

Abraham Lincoln
Brookville Daily Photo

Zsolt said...

it seems you have been to several places!:)

April said...

Great, the nice photos of your wife and the gorgeous photo of 'les gorges' seen from above.

Andrea Gerak said...

Yes indeed, gorgeous Les Gorges!! Oh, I wanna go there and see it!

niki sato said...

that is a nice yellow & blue shirt!! :)

Moi said...

those cliffs and forests took my breath away....no wonder u and your wife are beaming in the pics ;)

Cuckoo said...

Ohh it's such a lovely place to visit !! Limestone cliffs are wonderful and the sand is so very different.

Lol@Niki's comment on shirt. :P

lyliane said...

How France is beautiful! but I also like to discover other countries.

Dsole said...

I like the first photo a lot! I find funny that you were dressed so dark and poeple around your were on summer clothes!
What a lovely place! i have to tell you again and again that you're so lucky to know soooo many beautiful places!

Lara said...

always something interesting in your blog! great views!

Z said...

The Pont d'Arc photo made me look up other images of it on Google. That is a beautiful thing -- can one walk out onto it, or is it too narrow and inaccessible?

Kalyan said...

WoW...some breathtaking shots & wonderful descriptions to go with it!

Sally said...

Magnificent. I remember once getting stuck in an enormous traffic jam on one of the narrowest roads I've been on, high above cliffs like this. It was in southern France, somewhere south of Carcassonne, but can't remember exactly where off-hand. We got out of the entanglement eventually as cars spent more than an hour moving a centimetre back, a centimetre forward etc. I was surprised that a road like that was two-way!

Emily Lin said...

Beautiful lake with amazing panoramic view!! The "CIRQUE DE LA MADELEINE" indeed is beautiful and special!

Trotter said...

Thanks everybody for your visits and supporting comments. I’m sorry I can’t post on a regular basis and also visit your blogs more often. Anyhow, I’ll try to keep in touch…

Shionge,
Aditi,
Irina
The Gorges are actually something quite striking!

Peter,
Are you on your way to Provence? I wish I could be there…

Abe,
Thanks very much for the visit and your first comment on Blogtrotter, I believe!

Zsolt,
I’ve tried and I’ll keep trying…

April,
Andrea,
You’re right. Those Gorges are truly gorgeous!

Niki,
It’s Italian: Dan Roma
Code DA10-063: Custom hand made! My birthday is in September… ;))

Moi,
It was an incredible sensation up there!

Lyliane,
Travel is a must!

Dsole,
I also like that first one a lot…
As far as travelling, you must start early and keep running…

Lara, Kalyan
Thanks.

Z,
I haven’t seen anyone on the Arc. I believe it may be too hard to get up there…

Sally,
We were lucky enough to be there in May and on the afternoon of a day that started raining; so there was not much traffic. The road between Vallon-Pont d’Arc and St. Martin d’Ardèche is not so narrow, anyhow!

Cuckoo,
Emily,
The Cirque de la Madeleine is a great spot!

lv2scpbk said...

Wonderful view photos.

Ash said...

Breathtaking beauty. Splendid shots!

Trotter said...

Lv2 and Ash,
Thanks. Glad you enjoyed the pictures!

indicaspecies said...

Superb shots. Would be a great place to visit :)

Trotter said...

Indicaspecies,
you're right, it's a great place!