Today we leave Puichéric and drive to Eygalières, a little west of Arles.
By noon we are in Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, a medieval monastery village on the route to Santiago de Compostela. (Do you see the typical shell in the wall in front of the monastery? Which points to the Jacob Route.)
Charlemagne gave the monastery a splinter from the cross of Christ. This relic ensures that the village is one of the most important stops on the road to Compostela.
It is a very cozy village, but quite crowded by tourists. There are a few large car parks, all with a fixed daily rate.
There are nice shops in the well-preserved medieval houses, in the small alleys connected to the square near the abbey. The pilgrimage route runs along.
You also walk in the other direction, into the mountains, where the route to Compostela runs. It is in the meantime right at noon and it is very warm, but we still walk a bit into the height to take the view.
After our visit to this village, we drive to Pont du Diable. Here is a lake near a series of beautiful bridges.
From here, we'll drive to our new whereabouts for the next week. We drive through Montpellier along the crowded coastal roads, where flamingos wade on their high stilts in the foothills of the Mediterranean Sea and where wild horses roam through the plains of the Camargue.
We arrive in our new paradise and see the sun disappear behind the mountains in the distance.