My son and I are leaving our small town in southeastern United States to live for a year in a small town in southeastern France. It couldn't possibly be THAT different, right?

Friday, October 28, 2011

Day 4 Les gorges de l'Hérault

Itinerary:  la Grotte de Clamouse, lunch at a crêperie in Saint Jean de Fos (with a very strange waitress who was wearing a dress that barely covered her derrière), an interactive pottery museum, le Pont du Diable (the Devil's Bridge), and Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert

My favorite day so far despite the pouring rain!

The entrance to the cave

Some of the stalagmites and stalactites in the cave are millions of years old.
The cave was discovered in 1945 by seven speleologists.  I learned this by helping Jed complete a questionnaire in order to win a prize.  

Nice photo just outside the cave despite the drizzle
The interactive pottery museum in Saint Jean de Fos just opened in July 2011.  After completing a scavenger hunt, "Jed" won a prize.

We visited the Pont du Diable (the Devil's Bridge) in the pouring rain.  The legend says that the people building this bridge made a deal with the devil in order to complete it.  They then tricked him, and he was not at all happy.  In order to keep him at bay, visitors throw rocks off of the bridge into the river below where he lives.  The only problem is that this is a popular kayaking site so throwing of rocks is actually prohibited now.  Since we were the only foolish people out on such a nasty day, I let Jed throw rocks anyway.   

 I'm so grateful that Dan shared some of the driving on our trip, especially on rainy days like this one!

I think that Jed is trying to dig up rocks to throw over the bridge.
Photos cannot do Saint Guilhem le Désert justice---at least, mine cannot!  I definitely want to return here one day when it is not raining and close to nightfall.

A World Heritage Site

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