This morning we followed the winding road northeast from St-Martin-Vésubie into the Parc National du Mercantour to the sanctuary of the Madone de Fenestre, which sits at 1903 meters high at the foot of a circle of craggy mountains, about 4 kilometers from the Italian border. We were surprised by a couple of things. The first thing that took us by surprise was that there was a bit of snow that must have fallen yesterday while we were being rained on in St-Martin-Vésubie. The other thing that really surprised us was that there were so many cars parked along the road here. We didn’t see a lot of people, but we saw a lot of cars. This is a hiker’s paradise, with scenic trails leading off in different directions from here, and a popular place to hike in the summer when it is too hot to hike at the lower altitudes more popular in winter.
Un Orchestre de Vaches
There couldn’t have been more than about 100 cows munching away along the rocky hillside, each with a big bell wrapped around its neck, but the musical sounds that rang from the bells just kind of blasted through the whole valley around le sanctuaire de la Madone de Fenestre. It was pretty amazing.