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Report 2025: Airplanes, Roses, Poppies, Caves, Bridges and Paradise

By Anastasia from Canada, Summer 2012

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Page 18 of 24: Dangerous Way of Visiting les Gorges du Tarn

photo by me

Getting out of Gorges du Tarn in a heavy rain

On Thursday we left in the morning to our next stop, Millau. This time we drove through Figeac, Rodez, and decided on a lunch stop at St Geniez d’Olt, at Lion d’or restaurant.

After a somewhat heavy lunch with aligot, we drove to Gorges du Tarn. I wasn’t too sure as the weather became very cloudy, but DH decided we try it. And we went. For a while the road was narrow but okay, and suddenly when I looked to the side we were at the edge of the precipice. The road is protected at places, but not everywhere. I was so scared, so I automatically gripped the car handle. I had pain in my hand after we arrived at our destination. It was difficult and scary to take pictures because there were no place to stop for a while, and numerous trees prevented taking good pictures. We passed Ste Enimie to St Chely du Tarn. We past St-Chely a couple of times from above but couldn’t figure out how to get there, when we finally saw the drop down road to get there. We decided however to just take a couple of pictures and drive to Millau as the clouds became darker. It was still a long way to Millau and we were caught by the rain in the mountains. I just hated that part, as the rain was coming heavier and it could be dangerous to remain on the roads. We were two, then four cars following each other just to get out as quick as we could from the cliff area. The rain had stopped when we arrived in Millau. We checked in our hotel and could see the bridge from both our room and from the big corridor windows.

The hotel Cevenol was nice for the price. The bathroom was brand new except the toilet. There was some smell in the toilet, but it was very clean. So not sure where the smell came from, may be sewers.

We had diner with a picnic I prepared in Carsac.

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