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Time Travel

Le site de Calès à Lamanon, Les Alpilles.

‘Modern’ graffiti decorates the walls of troglodyte dwellings that
housed up to 200 people in the middle ages, at the site of Calès
in the hills of Provence. Constantly inhabited until the 16th century,
this neolithic site in the heart of the valley of Durance is dated
around 2,500 BCE.

The first discovery, steps leading up…

Magnificent view from a rock plateau

Chambers carved out of the circular rocks

After three hours driving on the autoroute, with time to spare before
meeting friends, I stopped in a tiny village marked on my Via Michelin
itinerary. Wearing a summer dress and far from sensible shoes, the last
thing I expected was to join a Gallo-Roman path that took me behind
Lamanon, high up onto a grand circular rock. Following the rutted stone
path and an aquaduct, I arrived at the remains of a medieval castle
overlooking hills ‘perforated’ by centuries of human habitation, with
footholds scaling the golden cliff faces scarred with carved niches.

Leading to the château

Looking down to the platform I had just scaled

View to troglodyte dwellings

The descent

Entrance cut into the cliffs

The ‘cirque’

Inside an entranceway

Connecting passages

Walking around the multi-levelled ‘cirque’

Site plan

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2 thoughts on “Time Travel

  1. That’s quite a stop off, stunning indeed!

    • Hello Claire, not too far from you perhaps, there is a tiny museum (which was closed)… it’s like the site is just ‘there’ with the same level of cultural value as a picnic table… no real signs (or barriers thankfully) or maintenance for such a rich reminder of the history of the region…

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