Some of these pictures are scans of postcards, others taken at different times and with different cameras.
The river Tarn, in the south-west of France, has gouged a deep chasm through the limestone resulting in some spectacular scenery which no photography can represent properly. It's an area where we often break our journey on our way south to visit our sons - it takes our breath away every time.
A rather narrow road runs alongside the course of the river most of the way, so I can't imagine how it must be during the height of summer. Off season though, it can be very quiet and many places are shut. Once upon a time there must have been a much larger population because there are small villages and extensive terracing everywhere.
The buildings here and there are being restored.
The rock formations are amazing too.
We stay normally at the Chateau de la Caze.
I walked along the river and took another shot which shows I think just how high the sides of the river valley are. The chateau is not a small building.
You can just see the chateau behind the trees. The other building is the annexe for extra bedrooms. All the rooms are lovely and all have superb views but the ones in the chateau are extra romantic!
As I was at that spot on the river, I noticed the river suddenly swirling and bubbling. I kept not-quite-seeing what was happening out of the corner of my eye. I took several shots trying to catch the currents, but it wasn't until I got home and looked at the photos that I saw this:
Do you see what I mean? It's a face and the currents of water were coming from its mouth - was it trying to talk to me? SPOOKY!
I tried to take a shot of the stones on the bank to show the black slate-like stones which seem to be used as roofing material. Then I noticed the long stone of the right just under the black one had the imprint of a shell - a fossil! I was delighted.
I think to appreciate the area fully, you have to leave your car and go around by canoe, bicycle or on foot, otherwise you miss so much.
Other posts in the series I have found interesting:
Drottningholm Palace Church from Captin Lifecruiser
Mountain Life – The Spirit of the Norwegian Soul from RennyBA's Terella, a wonderful blog all about Norway
Skara Brae from CaledoniaHiking away from maremagnum