drove to Molieres, a hameau of 5 houses near Ladern from Domneuve, where I
live. Basically I went from one end of
the Val de Daigne to the other. It
takes about 25 minutes and it subtly beautiful. Some drives around here are in your face beautiful.
of the Val de Daigne is a wide valley so from Servies to Vilar en Val you wind
through vines with hills in the near distance on either side of the road. Arquettes is on the hillside on the right
and then Villetritouls on the left. There’s a restored mill on the left and then an interesting stone house
at the bend on the right.
floor arrows as you approach Vilar. The
chateau always looks so inviting. Today
there was a flock of sheep on the road, and in the fields on either side, just
outside of town. The bergere (shepherd
– woman) was sitting on the wall reading. She whistled and the sheep moved off the road. No crook in sight.
you start climbing and twisting and turning and for the next 10 km it’s 3rd
gear maximum. Today was hot and sunny
and I could hear the cicadas trilling. This is the first day that it’s been hot enough to smell the resinous
scent of the wild rosemary in the garrigues. Every now ad then it was overlaid with the sweet smell of broom.
garrigues gives way to a pine forest as the road climbs and then slowly returns
after the Col de Taurize, which is at about 450 m. By the time I got to Molieres there was a breeze and I could
still smell the broom. The rosemary is
too subtle for the breeze.
days like this.