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Our local heroes in Peloton Magazine, the full story…

Our local heroes in Peloton Magazine, the full story…

As mentioned in a previous post, one of the many ways Christophe has been up the Ventoux, is with a city bike. This time he was accompanied by Nick, his ever faithful friend-in-mischief. The challenge was to leave Marseille’s “Vieux port” with one of the town’s Velib, ride up North to Bedoin, up the Ventoux, then…

The Mont Ventoux trails

The Mont Ventoux trails

Yet another adventure up Provence’s giant, this time through one of it’s numerous trails

The garden project, kitchen garden

The garden project, kitchen garden

Following the happy experience with dry gardening, and thanks to the very inspiring movie “Demain” (see link here) I ended up after quite a bit of research, digesting and making mine the concepts of permaculture in order to apply them to our garden. As all this is a rather long process of observation and planning,…

The garden project, dry garden

The garden project, dry garden

Like many people, I have been brainstorming about how to make the future better (or just less worse maybe ?) for our children. An intelligent use of the property we are lucky enough to have seemed to be one of the obvious way forward. Instinctively, the manicured green-lawn model just didn’t seem right in our…

The Mont Ventoux’s local hero

The Mont Ventoux’s local hero

For many (including me), cycling up the Ventoux is just a crazy idea that wouldn’t normally come to one’s mind, For the growing number of passionate cyclists around the world, it has become a must. For others, like our local hero, it is just habitual. Rarely does the family drive up to document the exploit…

Dentelles de Montmirail

Dentelles de Montmirail

The Dentelles de Montmirail is a chain of rugged hills with summits cut off like lace (=dentelles). You will spot their graceful silhouette when driving towards Vaison. The dentelles have a wealth of trails and are also a climbers paradise SaveSave

Lavender country

Lavender country

Sault is one of the 3 villages from which the cyclists start climbing the Mont Ventoux. Around Sault is where you will see the extravagantly purple lavender fields. It’s also worth stopping at one of the distilleries to see how the essential oil is produced, take the intoxicating aromas, and buy your stock of lavender…

Mont Ventoux by Bedoin

Mont Ventoux by Bedoin

The classic way, step by step, for aficionados   And the mandatory stop to the memory of Tom Simpson SaveSave

Nature and wildlife of Mont Ventoux

Nature and wildlife of Mont Ventoux

It is said that sitting at dawn on Mont Ventoux, ou can see all the way to the sea on a clear day. Some screen shots of a TV show about Mont Ventoux And some shots taken while climbing the Ventoux, with rather more domesticated animals, but showing that same ant-gravity stance!  

Slow living in Provence, fast cycling on Mont Ventoux…

Slow living in Provence, fast cycling on Mont Ventoux…

Time flows gently at La Baye des Anges. Life is centered on very simple needs like eating, sleeping, spending time with loved ones. It’s all about what we shall have for breakfast / aperitif / lunch / dinner, endless meals, lounging by the pool and various activities around the garden. Rarely do our guests leave…

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