Travel in France – walk around AigueBelle

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.

Carte de Randonnee 2742 ET
Carte de Randonnee 2742 ET

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.

The path out of AiguesBelles
The path out of AiguesBelles
The path out of AiguesBelles
The path out of AiguesBelles
The path out of AiguesBelles
The path out of AiguesBelles

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.

Dry river bed
Dry river bed – Ravins des Graves
Dry river bed on the right, path on the left
Dry river bed on the right, path on the left
The bridge over the 'river'
The bridge over the ‘river’

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.

Brouzet les Quissac
The Church of Saint Vincent, Brouzet les Quissac
A castle tower? Brouzet les Quissac
A castle tower? Brouzet les Quissac
Gateway in Brouzet les Quissac
Gateway in Brouzet les Quissac

South of the village we followed a sandy, fenced, and sometimes wet track back to AigueBelle.

Path out of Brouzet les Quissac Between Brouzet les Quissac and AiguesBelles

AiguesBelles
AigueBelle

AiguesBelles

Unusually there were flowers on this walk, and some beautiful grasses.

A water meadow just before AiguesBelles
A water meadow just before AiguesBelles

Flowering grass
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Domaine d’Aigues Belles and here

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