Panier of Plenty

Greeting Abdon et Sennen

An afternoon stroll to visit the Roca Foradada in Arles-sur Tech resulted in a surprising discovery. Passing the landmark rocks and following the road uphill (with no expectations or map) there was a curious faded blue wooden arrow marked ‘grotte’. Who could resist an adventure? We were taken on a meandering path that seemingly had no end, yet eventually passed an ‘oratory’ and came to a halt by an ornate sign. Knotted ropes led steeply upwards to an opening in the rocks. There, nestled in the darkness, was a tiny shrine containing effigies of Saint Abdon and Saint Sennen… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arles-sur-Tech

Canigou

Canigou

Up the winding road

Up the winding road

Roca Foradada

Roca Foradada

Arles-sur-Tech below

Arles-sur-Tech below

Clinging to the rocks

Clinging to the rocks

Canigou appears again

Canigou appears again

Leaving the Roca behind

Leaving the Roca behind

La grotte

La grotte

Entrance to the shrine

Entrance to the shrine

We descended by moonlight, the stars clear and bright for the winter solstice.

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