Thursday, January 24, 2008

Places for Next Trip. Stilt-Walking

Still to see:  From book, The Discovery of France - A Historical Geography from the Revolution to the First World War, by Graham Robb, W.W.Norton 2007. See The Grand Canyon of the Verdon. This is a deep cut in Provence's Alps, where the river rushes madly into Lac de Ste. Croix. Is sixty miles from Marseille. Second largest gorge in the world.

The book is the result of Mr. Robb's 14,000 bike journey and what he finds. Read how disparate the populations were in France through the 19th Century - languages, customs, Parisians had little idea.

We also want to see the heath of the Landes, where shepherds used to travel on 10 foot stilts, 75 miles a day, Picardy and Artois areas. For a history of stilt-walking:  see http://www.npr.org/2011/12/07/143276985/a-birds-eye-history-of-walking-on-stilts.

And must see the Marais Poitevin, a marsh.