After a horrendous rain storm the evening before when it was raining so hard that we had trouble hearing the DVD that we were watching, we woke up this morning to a brighter day and left Castellane heading for Moustiers Ste-Marie and a journey through the Gorges du Verdon.
We took the D952 out of Castellane and stayed on this road, keeping to the north side of the gorge as we wanted to follow the Rte des Cretes. There is an alternative road that follows the gorge along its south side, the Corniche Sublime and you need to turn off onto the D955 if you want to take this route.
The drive is spectacular with plenty of lookouts along the way and plenty of birds of prey gliding on the thermals. Rte des Cretes climbs extremely high and is not for the faint-hearted or those suffering from vertigo. Thankfully, most of the Rte des Cretes is one way so you have plenty of road to drive on without getting too close to the edge without any barriers.
The Rte des Cretes is a loop that takes you back out onto the D952 and heading in the direction for Moustiers Ste-Marie you come to the end of the gorge and the spectacular Lac de Ste-Croix, where Tony took a paddle.
We are now at Camping St Jean just outside Moustiers Ste-Marie as we need to do plenty of recharging of gadgets and gizmos. We will walk into Moustiers Ste-Marie in the morning before heading west to the Luberon for a couple of days.
Camping St Jean is a delightful little camping site that is in the ACSI book with good clean facilities, free wifi and within walking distance of the town centre of Moustiers Ste-Marie