Gorges du Tarn, France – Day 5

The ruins of Chateau de Castelbouc looking down over Castelbouc village in the Gorges du Tarn, Languedoc-Roussillon, France.  Photo by Amanda.

A Small Taste of the ‘Gorges du Tarn’.

Sunday 23rd April 2017 and ‘Day 5′ of our travels.

A bit of background on the Gorges du Tarn:

The Tarn Gorges are dramatic gorges running from Le Rozier, north of Millau, to Quézac, in the Lozère department of the Massif Central, northern Languedoc-Roussillon, France.

Following the course of the Tarn River for 50 kilometres, the Tarn Gorges are among the deepest gorges to be found anywhere in Europe. They are also extremely picturesque – one of the most scenic parts of France – and offer several great vantage points from where to enjoy their beauty.  ~Information source: France This Way

Wonderful and dramatic landscape surrounded us in the Gorges du Tarn, Languedoc-Roussillon, France.  Photo by Touch of Cinnamon.

Road trip again!  This time through some amazing natural scenery in the Gorges du Tarn.

It started out with a quick dash through Saint-Laurent-d’Olt with its stone bridge and run down shabby cafe, rather dull and uninspiring, so we carried on.  By Canourgue we had hit the Gorges du Tarn proper and were instantly enamoured.

Scenery en route through the Gorges du Tarn, Languedoc-Roussillon, France. Photo by Touch of Cinnamon.

These roads were narrow with steep climbs and scary descents, lots of vicious hairpin bends with accompanying sheer drops (gulp!) but so worth the extra grey hairs for the incredible views.

We found a beautiful spot with a magnificent view to eat lunch.
Amanda, my lovely travelling companion and friend.

Above is Amanda taking in the scenery at 1000 m while we stop to eat our lunch of local pate, French bread and fruit and getting a little sunburned in the process.

We thoroughly enjoyed this moment and seemed to have the entire area to ourselves until a huge white dog came bounding towards us, looking like a rabid polar bear and frightening the life out of me.

Huge spider nests the size of grapefruits were in abundance. *Shudders*

Everywhere we looked the trees were full of these huge spider nests the size of grapefruits that made us question our decision to park our bottoms on the floor to eat.  We set off again, heading towards to our next location, Sainte-Enimie

Sainte-Enimie, Gorges du Tarn, Languedoc-Roussillon, France.
Click on the image to take you to the Office de Tourisme.

We stopped at the pretty little village, Saint-Enimie to take a few photos and stretch our legs.  I was surprised at how many people seemed to have had the same idea and I ended up joining a number of other weary travellers in paddling in the crystal clear, ice cold river, though our photos seem to be devoid of any sign of them, people that is.  Amanda, on the other hand, was a wuss and refused to get her feet wet.

The sign for Les Plus Beaux Villages de France on the way into Sainte-Enimie in the Gorges-du-Tarn.
Photo by Amanda – I was driving.

Sainte-Enimie, Gorges du Tarn, Languedoc-Roussillon, France.
Photos by Amanda & Touch of Cinnamon.

We didn’t stay long as we’d still a good distance to travel and wanted to be back before it got too dark, you would too if you had to drive this route. 😀

The scenery continued to impress and we stopped many times to take photos and take in the incredible vistas.

Next on our list of must-see places was Chateau de Castelbouc looking down protectively over the tiny village of Castelbouc.  Stunning.

The ruins of Chateau de Castelbouc looking down over Castelbouc village in the Gorges du Tarn, Languedoc-Roussillon, France.  Photo by Amanda.

Castelbouc village with it’s ruined Chateau looking down over it, protectively and the beautiful scenery surrounding it.
Photo’s by Touch of Cinnamon & Amanda.

Looking down at Castlbouc is magical, the photo’s don’t do the view justice.  The village itself is tiny but worth taking a few minutes to explore.

Then on to our final destination of the day, this was the one I’d been looking forward to the most, Saint-Chely-du-Tarn.

Cascading falls at Saint-Chely-du-Tarn in the beautiful Gorges-du-Tarn, Languedoc-Roussillon.
Swimming here was one of the highlights for me.

While the village is pretty but very small, with only a handful of sand coloured, stone buildings to talk of, it was more for the chance to experience the above (see photo) that had driven me to want to visit here.

I so wanted to go swimming in this beautiful setting, with its cascading waterfall flowing down from beneath the stone archway that was part of the village above into the blue-green river Tarn and the steeply rising, tree-covered cliffs that surrounded it.

I fell in love Saint-Chely-du-Tarn and would go back there again in a heartbeat.  For those of you that might want to do the same and go swimming here, be warned, it’s not easy, you sink up to your shins in the loose silty riverbed, which makes it incredibly hard to walk out to the deeper sections but don’t let that put you off, the place is magical.

Saint-Chely-du-Tarn in the beautiful Gorges-du-Tarn, Languedoc-Roussillon.
Photo by Amanda.

View of the bridge at Saint-Chely-du-Tarn in the beautiful Gorges-du-Tarn, Languedoc-Roussillon.
Photo by Amanda.

The bridge at Saint-Chely-du-Tarn in the beautiful Gorges-du-Tarn, Languedoc-Roussillon.
Photo by Touch of Cinnamon.

We’ll never forget these deep valleys, soaring mountains, geometric rock formations, ancient stone bridges spanning crystal clear waters, it’s cascading waterfalls, pretty stone villages and its abundance of nature, from butterflies, buzzards, kites, crickets, scarily large and bulbous spider web nests and the odd lizard or two and we’re sure you wouldn’t either.

Thanks again to Amanda for her contribution.  All photos are the property of myself or Amanda unless otherwise stated.

Hope you enjoyed this post and I’m so sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to posting about my trip.

Touch of Cinnamon

Christmas Part I – Füssen, Germany 2016.

Füssen, Germany - Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

I got back from my trip to Füssen and Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Germany late Tuesday night and thought I’d do a couple of quick posts before I procrastinate and never get around sharing. If you’re ever looking for somewhere to spend a few days, whatever the time of year, both places are beautiful and well worth a visit.

This post is Part I of my Christmas experience in Germany and looks solely at Füssen. Füssen is a lovely Bavarian town at the very southern most tip of the famous Romantic Road, just north of the Austrian border and right beside the Alps. Neuschwanstein Castle and Hohenschwangau Castle lie south-east of the town. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to go into the castles but made the journey up to Marienbrücke or ‘Marys Bridge’ where we were afforded a fabulous view of Neuschwanstein Castle and the surrounding lakes, towns and countryside.

It’s not going to be a wordy post, just a few snaps taken from my time there. Hope you enjoy them and if you have any questions, please ask, hopefully, I’ll be able to help. Seasons greetings. Adele. x

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016. Image links to Wikipedia .

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.
This image is from Wikipedia and links to that page.  All other photographs belong to my husband and myself.

Füssen, Germany - Christmas 2016. Marienbrücke or ‘Marys Bridge’, with fantastic views of Neuschwanstein Castle.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.
Marienbrücke or ‘Marys Bridge’, with fantastic views of Neuschwanstein Castle and the gorge below.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016. View down to the gorge below Marienbrücke or ‘Marys Bridge’.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.
View down to the gorge below Marienbrücke or ‘Marys Bridge’.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016. View down to the gorge below Marienbrücke or ‘Marys Bridge’.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.
View down to the gorge below Marienbrücke or ‘Marys Bridge’.

Füssen, Germany - Christmas 2016. Neuschwanstein Castle

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.
Neuschwanstein Castle

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany - Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany - Christmas 2016. We always had time for mulled wine.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.
We always had time for mulled wine.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016. Street view of Füssen.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.
Street view of Füssen.

Füssen, Germany - Christmas 2016. View of Füssen at night.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.
View of Füssen at night.

Füssen, Germany - Christmas 2016. Füssens' Christmas market is small but lively, with a lovely atmosphere.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.
Füssens’ Christmas market is small but lively, with a lovely atmosphere.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen town, though not as pretty as Rothenburg, has a certain charm of its own and has the added bonus of beautiful scenery, lakes, skiing in the winter and is home to some of Germanys most visited landmarks ‘Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles’.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016. The above image is of Alpsee bei Schwangau. The scenery around Füssen is beautiful. With the backdrop of the Alps and a number of lovely lakes, it makes it a perfect year-round destination.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.
The above image is of Alpsee bei Schwangau.
The scenery around Füssen is beautiful. With the backdrop of the Alps and a number of lovely lakes, it makes it a perfect year-round destination.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016. Lechfall (Gorge, river and weir)

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.
Lechfall (Gorge, river and weir)

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016. Lechfall (Gorge, river and weir)

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.
Lechfall (Gorge, river and weir)

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016. Lechfall (Gorge, river and weir)

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.
Lechfall (Gorge, river and weir)

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016. Lechfall (Gorge, river and weir)

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.
Lechfall (Gorge, river and weir)

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016. Christmas Market.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.
Christmas Market.

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016. Neuschwanstein Castle

Füssen, Germany – Christmas 2016.
Neuschwanstein Castle

Wherever you are in the world, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

Seasons Greetings
Adele

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