The geology of emotion
Var and Cians
Upper Var, Cians Valleys (6 pictures)
Upstream from the gorges of Cians and Dalius is the widening plateau of Beuil-Valberg, famous for winter and summer sports. Dominated by the pyramid of Mont Mounier, this is the realm of the larch. Further west, in the valley of Entraunes, the hamlets and villages accented with balconies kissed by the sun. On one bank and another of the Var lies a landscape of woods and meadows of hay, on which rise the chalky spires of Pelens and the sandstone massif cliffs of Sanguinière. The geology is exciting in this corner of the Alps: the gorges of Dalius and Cians are reddish, engraved for miles in perlites; they are the fragile “penitent ladies” of a Carneola peon, the limestone of Mont Mounier, shaped by glaciers. Here it is worth walking with feet firmly planted on the ground and noses upwards, ready to marvel at the many forms of the landscape.