The country of rushing waters
Upper Verdon Valley (6 pictures)
Inundated with light from the Mediterranean, the upper valley of Verdon is a mosaic of forests, mountains, meadows and lakes, including Lake d’Allos, jewel of Mercantour Park. Before digging, a little below, the largest and most famous canyon in Europe, the emerald waters of the Verdon rushing through the larch woods, meadows and alpine stones, kingdom and refuge for deer, wild goats, hares and ptarmigan. Beyond Colmar, a fierce-looking fortified city, the river seems to fit its judgment an adapts its course to the calmer environment of peaceful countryside, where deer and mouflon peep through the leaves. And so it is seen while crossing through the landscape of fields and farms around the Thorame, where in summer the air is scented with lavender and vibrates with the hum of thousands of small bees at work. The meeting ground between Provence and the Great Alps, the Upper Verdon distils the best of both worlds: it is an essence that smells of sea and snow.