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Monday, June 4 - Loup Valley Drive

Another beautiful day in paradise! We got started earlier today. Up at 6:45 and out after breakfast. We made a loop drive that while only 60 Km (36 miles), by the time you stop at all the villages, waterfalls, scenic pull outs, etc, it takes a bit over 5 hours according to the Michelin Guide. We took 8+ hours, long lunch,extra village, and a stop to food shop.

First up was Tourette sur Loup. There are a bunch of towns with names ending in sur Loup as they all rest near the Loup river (a Loup is a type of fish). This is a medieval village, lots of small streets and twisty alleys, and tons of artisans.

Then while driving on the Gorge du Loup, which is like driving on one side of the Grand Canyon, where the valley on the drivers side drops off to the river below, and to get to the next village requires a drive North a ways where you can turn around as the river and valley are covered by rock and can be crossed, we made our next stop, the Cascade de Courmes. You walk across a walkway and bridge that has been built out over the gorge, and in front of you are these splendid waterfalls, some thin rivers of falling waters, one dropping and rushing like Niagara, with the continual noise of crashing water. A beautiful site.

Then we continued driving South, now on the other side of the valley, past falling rock zones, and even though the walls are covered with steel mesh and chains there are still rocks on the road.

Next stop was Gourdon. Another town on the most beautiful villages in France list. It's population is 386 people and it looked like each one of them had an art shop or a restaurant. The views over the low stone walls around the town were breathtaking.

We stopped here for lunch, a leisurely 90 minutes. Karen had a salad, though it was one where they gave you sliced carrots, chick peas, artichokes, beets, etc, and you put it together. Then a Pork Tenderloin in a honey sauce with scalloped potatoes finished off with a Tarte Tartin, an apple tart, but tastier than any you've eaten.

Mike had a pate with a fig sauce, gherkins, lettuce and Bread. Then a Trout Amandine with potatoes ( see picture), followed with the Tarte.

No wine today, just water, we still had a lot of driving to do.

Next off to Grasse. This is a large town, over 50,000. It's famous for it's
perfume making. There are perfume museums, perfume shops, perfumed soap, even the air sort of smells of perfume. We stopped at a very good art museum(free too) paintings from Fragonard, then strolled the old town in the center of the modern city, and then left for Le Bar sur Loup, with a small old center (not much to see here).

We stopped at LeClerc supermarket again on our way home to pick up dinner that we can enjoy while relaxing with the gorgeous views. We can see the sea it's so clear tonight.

Bon Soir for now.

Street in Tourette-sur-Loup


Another Tourette -sur-Loup street


Tourette-sur-Loup from across the valley


Cascade de Courmes


Lunch at Gourdon


Truite Amandine (as delivered)


Truite at end of meal. The Egyptians put their dead with all their belongings so they'd be set whe they got to the other side. In that same way I always give my fish the same respect. Note the placement of his head, skin, tail and backbone.


View of Gourdon atop its hill


Karen found a cute friend in Le Bar sur Loup


Posted by MikeandKaren 12:19

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Fish and dogs always steal the show! Gorgeous shots of gorgeous scenery.

by Betsy

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