The trail much less travelled in France produced beautiful rural vistas, pleasant locals and a vibrant meals and wine tradition far past our expectations.
Heidi and I employed an electrical automotive at Paris CDG airport in early spring and drove a six thousand kilometre “ determine of eight” round France. Regardless of reasonable health ranges we hiked and cycled in lots of distant picturesque locations. We additionally discovered rural and distant areas of France have a lot to supply critical foodies.
Off the Crushed Path: Nothing ‘strange’ to be discovered
Decided to take the trail much less travelled we uncover beautiful rural vistas, tremendous pleasant locals, and a vibrant meals and wine tradition in France, method past our expectations.
That is half 3 of a 12-part mini-series which follows our current 12-week journey.
I invite you to affix us and make some pleasant discoveries.
Saint Péray en path to les Cévennes
The plan was to journey 450 km from Veuvey in Burgundy to Pont-de-Montvert, a distant village in les Cévennes in South West France. So we broke the journey with a two-night keep close to Saint-Péray within the well-known Côtes du Rhône wine area. Late Saturday afternoon we arrived at Domaine de Lorient within the pouring rain and checked into our cottage for two nights. We had a alternative of a number of small, rustic, however comfy, cottages all with sweeping views of the valley – however solely when it’s not raining cats and canine.
The domaine is a tiny natural vineyard and farm perched excessive above the city. We had been welcomed with a wine tasting of wealthy and opulent Cornas (shiraz) and a vivid and succulent Saint-Péray (Roussanne and Marsanne mix). Every was glorious, however sadly, the coveted flagship Saint Joseph (Shiraz) was offered out.
Mountain climbing les Cévennes: Highlights and Hidden Gems
M. Laure at Domaine de Lorient had advisable some weeks earlier than that we dine on the bistro La Ruche in Saint-Péray. This was a critical however unpretentious restaurant, that includes recent native produce offered with a contemporary twist. We ate tremendous seafood and recreation paired with the Saint-Péray blanc we’d tasted simply hours earlier. In the meantime, our EV was at a charging station close to the restaurant. By the tip of the meal, it could be absolutely charged to finish the journey to Les Cévennes on Monday.
Strolling, Biking, Touring – Mountain climbing les Cevennes
We arrived on Monday below a transparent spring sky at our farmstay Le Merlet, simply 5 kilometres upriver from Pont de Montvert. On arrival we seen an indication ‘stationnement des ânes’ which means parking for donkeys. Les Cévennes is legendary for individuals who take multi-day hikes via the dramatic mountains and keep in a single day at farm lodging alongside the best way. They get pleasure from a home-cooked meal and share tales round a communal desk. Most journey with a donkey to hold their gear, therefore the necessity for donkey parking.
We hiked every day however the spotlight was an all-day out and again to Pont du Tarn, an historic stone bridge and picnic spot up in a mountain valley. The trail began from the farm and we climbed uphill for an hour alongside slender, rocky, single paths. Close to the summit, we discovered a pristine mountain stream. An ideal cease for a pastry snack and a shocking view again to the farm and down the valley to Pont de Montvert. The few hours to our vacation spot alternated between a shaded mountain stream paths and quiet roads via historic stone villages. It was a shocking stroll that almost all reasonably match folks might get pleasure from.
Pont de Monvert is a quaint, well-preserved stone village positioned on the confluence of three roaring mountain streams together with the Tarn. In 1878, Robert Louis Stevenson hiked via the village and a serious strolling route is now named in his honour. The village was additionally the setting for a lot of massive skirmishes in the course of the non secular wars of the sixteenth century. Its typically grim historical past is offset by a pleasant small city sq. with mountain and river views and a number of other first rate bars and eating places.
Meals and Wine
On our third night time on the farm, we ate within the eating room with the in a single day trekkers. Our companions for the meal had been two French households on a seven-day college vacation trek. Every thing we ate and drank was produced on the farm. We commenced with a wonderful glass of vin blanc, baguette, some cured meats and dips.
The primary meal was an unexpectedly wealthy lamb stew, stuffed with regionally grown seasonal greens. I willingly accepted a second serve. The stew was served with a country however very drinkable vin rouge. It was positively value a second and third glass. And to complete, bien sûr, a choice of farm-crafted cheeses. It was positively a feast appropriate for folks mountain climbing twenty kilometres every day!
- Avoiding the principle cities and vacationer centres continued to offer sudden surprises.
– The village restaurant at retro Saint Peray was of the best high quality and showcased the very best seasonal native produce and wines.
– The Domaine Lorient wines had been world-class.
- The Le Merlet lodging was pretty fundamental, nonetheless, the cottage we stayed in was comfy, non-public, and practical and we loved an open fireplace on the cooler mountain evenings.
– Our hosts had been extraordinarily convivial and the meals and wine had been easy, recent, tasty, and well-prepared.
– The walks had been terrific and really stunning, if a bit difficult.
– And as a bonus, we met and befriended some actually attention-grabbing French folks.
And...all this was achieved on a modest price range.
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