Finishing on a High

Our holiday in Provence had lead us on a number of small hikes. We had climbed what felt like thousands of stairs, escalated steep hills and navigated through cobble stone streets. But for our last day in Provence we had saved the best. With a last minute change of plans, we decided to go and explore the Dentelles de Montmirail; a small chain of mountains in the department of Vaucluse. To think that we almost missed out on this beauty…


We started on what I thought would be a pleasant stroll. To be honest, I had no idea what we were in for. As we started ascending the path, I looked towards tall cliff edges, jutting out from an abundance of green hills. Again I had to remind myself, “Lisa you’re in France,” as I suddenly felt as though I had been transported to Yosemite. Little did I know that within an hour I would actually be amongst those tall, jagged rocks.


Up and up we climbed. Another cardio and glute workout for all. I was worried about the chance of encountering snakes but we soon concluded that the loose, rough stones that covered the path would be too painful for the belly of a snake. A sigh of a relief – I was happy with that reasoning!


Mountain goat Malc (yes we have given him a new nick name) was once again leading the pack. Eventually we came to the climax of our journey. We stood proudly at our highest point as we looked out towards the spectacular views. Green fields and vineyards as far as the eye could see, met with the blue skyline.


I’m going to leave you with these photos. They do the sight far more justice than my words. We truly were blessed to have discovered such a place. If you ever visit Provence then you must visit the Dentelles de Montmirail. Just wear some good shoes, pack a water bottle and slap on some sunscreen. Otherwise you may just miss out on the beauty that almost passed us by…



Lisa Jane.

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