As St. Guilhem le Desert is possibly one of the most beautiful places in France and Les Grottes des Demoiselles literally make you speechless when you first see them, I’m not going to write that much. Enjoy!
There’s a lot of fresh water here. That sign is a little play on words that says you can drink it.
As I was saying, lots of water. At one time that mean this city was one of the most prolific olive producers in France. However, one particularly harsh winter killed virtually all the olive trees and the olives from this region have not yet been able to recover.
Marianne is a national symbol of France (she’s kind of like our Uncle Sam). This statue was erected shortly after France officially separated Church and State. She is facing away from the Abbey symbolizing this schism.
This would be said Abbey. As the city is on the path of St. Jacques, it used to welcome pilgrims during their voyage.
This photo is pretty cool for two reasons. One, the cloister in the foreground is actually a replica. The real one is in NYC. Two, the castle at the top of the hill was once said to be that of a giant that terrorized the town. One day, St. Guilhem killed the giant by pushing it off the mountain into that ruin a little lower. So, that semi-circular dent is supposed to be the mark of a giant butt.
hiking up the hill
This completely natural formation from the mineral deposits in the cave are said to look like a certain two biblical figures. Can you guess which one?
This is found in a room known as “The Cathedral.” Like any good cathedral, it has this instrument. See it??