Moustiers-Sainte-Marie Travel Guide
one of many faience shops in Moustiers
personally signed by its crafter
moustiers sainte marie
walk up high to the church above the town
This trek upwards will surely get you huffing and puffing! but that view upwards is so cute with the path and cute bridges, church and picturesque scene continually infront of you that you just know that surely the views from the top back over will be well worth it!Plus its...
excellent views over the town
The trek up to the church above the town via stone steps and pathways - with a couple of cute stone bridges - is a steep 45 degrees incline uphill all the way - or more - and take care coming back down as those steps (marble?) are rather slippery.But a beautiful view over...
The deepest canyon in Europe
The Grand Canyon du Verdon is up to 700 meters deep which makes it the deepest one in Europe. It is amazing what a tiny river was able to cut this deep canyon into the rocks. Under some periods - especially when the snow is melting - the river itself can be more impressive....
Moustiers-Ste-Marie looks very nice and claims to be the nicest village in France but is very crowded. Numerous other villages in the surroundings with lots of accommodations of various kind might be better bases to explore the area.
The Corniche - Scenic Road at the Southern Side
Scenir roads ffollow te canyon on both sides. Most people do the "Corniche" which is ath the southern side. The normal road at the northern side allows only at the first few km impressive views of the canyon. But after a few more kilometers roadsigns indicate a "route des...
The lake at the lower end
The most of the year small river Verdon fills a huge artificial lake at the lower end of the Canyon. This lake offers in Summer great opportunities for beachlife and various water sports. The water is crystal clear.
Walk the ancient path up to the church.
Be sure to have time to walk up to the church. The stone path is ancient and you climb up above the village, crossing the old bridge, and can look back across the land.Think about the people who have walked here hundreds of years ago, and maybe even Napoleon stood just where...
Hotel Le Relais: An unfriendly welcome that got worse
How you are treated in life, makes a huge difference to your experience. You would think that if you ran a hotel, you would realise the benefit of treating your guests with a certain level of courtesy, and respect, but this is not what we received. Consequently this is the...
Parking at Moustiers
On approaching Moustiers, and realising its wanting to be a pedestrian town and keep the traffic from the hordes of visitors - particularly in the summer months when apparently tourists visit in droves - out of the town centre by providing large parking areas on the...
Drive yourself around to see lovely Moustiers
Nestled below beautiful mountains on the far side of Lake St Croix from the wonderful drive through the Gorges and Grande Canyon of Verdon is beautiful Moustiers and what a lovely drive it is - so the best way is to go by car so the ability to take photos from the windows or...
Faïence - Earthenware.
Making of Moistiers faïence (earthenware) is strictly controlled. Artists must qualify and register to recreate any of the specific designs. And they must keep to the designs as well. It is intricate handpainting, and the designs are very old.
This product is special so...
Unique Cave shops.
A lot of the shops at Moistiers are literally caves in the rock and are worth seeing. Unique and quaint, take your mind back centuries and imagine their life then. I suspect not a lot has changed. Electricity may have replaced candles, but the general form of these caves...
Faience of Moustiers
A long tradition of hand painted ceramics with particular designs and colour traditional to this local handiwork - rather expensive! (23 euro)
After labouring over the decision of what item to choose to take home with me, and with the very patient, and pleasantly patient at that, salesgirl waiting at closng time to close the shop, finally decided on a lavender designed (symbolic of the lovely lavender fields of Provence - and Norfolk,Uk where ive also visited lots of lovely lavender fields) wine cooler which I think can diversify into a number of uses!
The salesgirl had pointed out the phoenix design as being the most popular being one of the oldest and original designs but that nor its colouring caught my eye....
Cetificates of authetication are given along with good protective wrapping for your trip home.
More information to be obtained...
Updated Jun 13, 2008
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Go here for an evening meal
If you have got your own transport you really should spare an evening to visit Aguiles.
This is a small, atmospheric village situated at the head of the gorge du verdon, overlooking Lac St Croix. The photo shows the beautiful chateaux, but the real treat is to soak up the atmosphere whilst enjoying an evening meal at the restaurant in the village square. It was the highlight of our trip.
Written Sep 11, 2005
Kayaking and Climbing
No wonder that this area offers great opportunities for various sportive activities. If the river has eonough water it is at least in big parts nice for kayaking and rafting. The rocks offer climbs in all degrees of difficulty but most of the climbers one can see use them as an easy to reach training site from various parkings down along the rope they fix at the top.
Updated Aug 11, 2008
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Try to buy a piece of the earthenware produce here
Look in my shopping tips to learn more about the well known Moistiers faïence - earthenware produce. It is very special and you would be lucky if you owned a piece!
Hand painted with a special design, the earthenware would grace your table with class...
Take a drive.
If you don't have time to drive the whole length of the gorge, just drive part way. The road is windy and small, but there are places to turn from time to time. It's worth the effort to drive some distance then come back.
Nearby Gorges du Verdon.
Moistiers St Marie is the doorway to an amazing playground in the gorges.Here you can partake or watch kayaking, canoeing and other fun activities. The scenery itself is amazing as well.
Walk around the village and find special sites.
Here, in this photo, you can see a few things that amazed me. Firstly here, as in many parts of France, the very old doors are still standing. If only they could speak and tell of all they had seen over the centuries!The water fountain is very old as well, as are the stairs...
Look skyward and see the gold shining star!
High above the village and church, suspended by chain across the cutting in the rocks, is a lovely glistening gold star. Research tells me it was a medieval lord called Blacas who hung it there to celebrate being released from captivity during the crusades.
On a fine...