I was heading for the Gorges du Verdon and had identified an Aire, from All the Aires France book, that would be a perfect stopover and a good starting point in the morning. One of the joys of travelling in unknown regions is that you don’t know what’s around the corner. On the A40 from Annecy to Chamonix, I exited a tunnel to find a vista that was simply amazing and resulted in me repeating several choice expletives. Coming over the mountain towards Ste Croix du Verdon, the views of the lake and mountains had a similar effect on me. The Aire is situated on the edge of town and has the lake and mountains for a backdrop.
The town is quite small and considering the late hour and time of year, it was as one would expect, very quiet. The lake is artificial, but the overall setting is quite idyllic, well, it certainly is in March. I loved it here, walking along the edge of the lake as the sun was setting behind the mountains and changing the colour of the sky. It was simply delightful.
It was at the Aire that I managed to get some insight into the Gorges du Verdon from my neighbour. Somehow, we managed to have quite a detailed conversation (in French) about the best route to take and they were able to warn me about a road closure that would have certainly given me a headache. It’s so refreshing to be able to approach a stranger and talk for some time, as old acquaintances. Although, this is probably not an uncommon occurrence where I am concerned.
I was advised to take the D71 around the Gorges du Verdon, so I aimed for Aiguines and used this as a directional guide. There are numerous opportunities to stop at viewpoints along the way, but no amount of words can describe the Gorges du Verdon. Hopefully, the following pictures will do it more justice than I ever could.