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Drôme Provençale

 Rocher de Caire overlooking Rémuzat

Rémuzat village

Lavender fields
Lavender field at Col de Soubeyrand

We headed south from the Alps region passing through the spectacular Col de Cabre from Aspres-s-Buech west on the D93 towards Die passing the rocks called le Claps where the river Drome tumbles through a narrow gorge then turned south through wooded countryside to Rémuzat, a sleepy village with a distinct Provencale feel. There we watched the wild vultures soaring over the village and cliffs.

Rémuzat Camping Municipal

The slow climb up the Col de Soubeyrand was worth it for the views to the north and the lavender fields, followed by a descent through wooded terrain down to Buis-les- Baronnies in a rich fruit growing valley then we continued south towards Mont Ventoux. The road to the top is a very long 15 mile climb but we didn't make it as our exhaust pipe became loose. Several other motorhomes and coaches passed us and many cyclists in various states of exhaustion! We returned north to the attractive town of Nyons

a typical tourist information point in the department of Drôme

Nyons church tower

At Nyons we parked alongside the river and a lavender distillery  wafting heady aromas across the town. There are shady narrow streets to wander around with the typical scruffiness of many small French provincial towns

Nyons shop
Nyons shop selling sundials

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