Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Hiking the "dentelles"

Dentelles de Montmirail, ProvenceA beautiful hike last Saturday. The weather was as good as it gets, sunny but not too hot. The rugged peaks you see here are the Dentelles de Montmirail, the large mountain in the background is Mount Ventoux. The hike started and finished in the wine-makers' village of Gigondas and of course a nice bottle of local wine was packed in our backpack for our picnic lunch : French art de vivre at its best!
Sublime randonnée samedi dernier avec un temps parfait, bien ensoleillé mais pas trop chaud. Devant vous, la chaîne acérée des Dentelles de Montmirail et tout au fond, la masse imposante du mont Ventoux. La randonnée commençait et finissait dans le village vigneron de Gigondas et bien sûr il y avait une bouteille de bon vin dans notre sac pour le pique-nique ; on sait vivre dans cette belle région !
Some vines were already bare, some others still wore beautiful golden leaves.
Certaines vignes étaient déjà nues, d'autres arboraient encore un superbe feuillage doré.

25 comments:

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Spectacular vistas Nathalie, it looks to be a 'challenging' yet very rewarding trek..and of course there's the wine at the end..!!

Jack said...

Oh, yes, I sure would have enjoyed this hike!!!

Dianne said...

A fabulous area to be walking Nathalie - I once walked from Caromb to Le Barroux and we looked out onto this wonderful jagged range.

"Adelaide & Beyond"

Owen said...

Am envious, even if that's a minor sin, am very envious !

claude said...

La nature est formidable. Elle nous offre tant de belles choses à voir
et à boire !!!

Lisa said...

Oh my, a beautiful hike indeed!

Olivier said...

oui évidement quand j'ouvre ma fenêtre et que je tombe sur des tours.......magnifique paysage, cela fait rêver.

jeandler said...

Des souvenirs ravivés devant ces vues magnifiques. Un monde minéral; du gypse rose dans des entrées de fouilles...
De préférence, balade à faire au printemps ou en automne. Quant au Gigondas, à tous moments, avec modération, naturellement.

Lady Mondegreen's Secret Garden said...

What fabulous rocky crests. Does "Dentelles" translate as teeth? They certainly resemble a ragged bite.

Nathalie said...

Dianne - A hike from Caromb to Le Barroux would indeed have given you great views over these hills. I'm so glad you know this place!

Lady M. - Good question, I should have translated that. Dentelles means "lace". I suppose it reflects the idea of intricate lace work.

Pierre BOYER said...

J'aime beaucoup le dernier cliché...

Pierre

Thérèse said...

Quels tresors de paysages! A savouver sans moderation.

Chrissy Brand said...

What a great hike

Kim said...

Ces photos me font penser aux beaux jours d'automne dans la Haute Provence voilà bien d'années. Merci.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

If you are hiking you would certainly want to finish that bottle of wine to lighten your back pack.

chcmichel said...

We have the good fortune of being able to see the Dentelles just a short distance away from our bedroom terrace in Sablet.

nathalie said...

Dave, the five of us had no problem at all finishing off that bottle of red in order to travel light :)

Chri said...

Dire que je n'y ai jamais mis les pieds... Elles sont à deux pas et j'aurais dû leur succomber aux dentelles...

Caroline said...

It just looks spectacular. I would love to hike there.

Bergson said...

il va falloir que j'aille faire un tour chez toi les rando semblent valoir le voyage

Tilia said...

Le Gigondas... après la rando.
Pendant, il vaut mieux marcher droit sur ces chemins escarpés ;-)

Mark said...

Go Nathalie, spectacular landscapes!!

Peter said...

Five on one bottle is not much, perhaps not enough? I guess the view was enough to make you make feel a bit "merry"! :-)

Carla said...

I was blown off these guys one time. The mistral hit whilst we were walking on the alpilles. It was pretty scary. Your pics are beautiful.. Carla

Black Beauty said...

Quel plaisir d'avoir un tel beau temps en Novembre !

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