It poured with rain in the early hours of the night and Wednesday dawned unsettled and definitely cool, with quite a strong wind. It was a good day not to go into the hills and the walk on Day 21 of Travel in France was around one of the small hamlets on the plains – AigueBelle.
We set off down the small road which soon passed some houses hidden amongst the trees and then became a track through the garrigue, with evidence of the previous night’s rain.
Vineyards in this area were ‘mulched’ with stones.
Riverbeds here are frequently dry and only ‘obviously’ streams when you find a sign about ‘route inondee’, or a bridge.
Brouzet lès Quissac was first mentioned in 947, as Ecclesia sancti Vinceti de Brodeto and was apparently at the centre of a monastery. It stands on a hillock, surrounded by garrigue and vineyards. I also thought I could see the remains of a castle tower, but perhaps I was wrong.
South of the village we followed a sandy, fenced, and sometimes wet track back to AigueBelle.
Unusually there were flowers on this walk, and some beautiful grasses.