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  • Day448

    Viviers and surrounds

    June 14, 2020 in France ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Well today we decided to go walking, first a tour of the historic centre then up to La Joannade a statue on the hill next door, we started easy. Next challenge was finding the start of the trail to St Oustians chapel, doing OK, signs started off as a red and white stripe one on top of the other then became yellow scallops on a blue background then yellow and white stripe. Not sure why they changed as we did seem to be on the correct trail. After the chapel, which was unfortunately closed due to lack of maintenance, the signage went back to red and white and followed a stream bed up a valley to eventually emerge on a narrow tarmac road that led to a very large and new private plot of land and buildings. Still continuing up hill we were looking for Moune, passed a lavender field on the way. Not sure we ever found it but there was a sign redirecting us towards Baynes, still more up but we were now heading back towards the river, over the brow of the hill and into the small hamlet of pretty mostly renovated buildings. Next a random walk west through a lot of trees in what was definitely the wrong direction to start with but we eventually emerged, after going past bee hives, on a road near Hauterives. We passed the Roman Bridge and returned home.Read more