Martin on Cnicht

Martin on Cnicht

Monday, 26 May 2014

Monday 26 May 2014 - The Orgues of Ille sur Tet and Villefranche-de-Conflent

An intermittently rainy day saw us visiting these two interesting locations. 

The Orgues, pictured, are an amphitheatre of columns, known as hoodoos, sculpted by erosion. There are areas of meadow at several levels, and black stonechats were enjoying the gorse. There are similar sites in Cappadocia in Turkey, and in Bryce Canyon in the USA, as well as in the Hautes Alpes.

Lunch in the village was followed by an interesting visit to the fortified ramparts of Villefranche-de-Conflent, with its long history and exceptional buildings. A great place to visit. There's also a fort, accessible via 734 steps, which would be worth visiting, and it's the terminus of the 'Train Jaune' which crosses the GR10 route near La Cabanasse.

Welcome hot chocolate etc in Café le Canigou preceded a rainy drive home.

All the locations mentioned in this week's short daily reports will be exposed in more detail in a future slide show.

Sent from Maison de la Foret

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