We recently took a trip to the hilltop village of Les Baux (baou is Provençal for "rocky spur.") It's the remains of a fortified city dating from the 10th century. Jim was looking forward to seeing the medieval weaponry and Hermes couldn't wait to pee on a historic ruin. I was just happy to get out and enjoy the beautiful day!
|"Are you guys coming or what?"|
|The hilltop village of Les Baux, from http://www.lesbauxdeprovence.com|
|View of olive groves and hills south of Les Baux.|
|Valley of Hell? I don't see it. Come to Phoenix in August!|
|Sporting our wind-blown hairdos.|
Onto the part you've been waiting for: the weapons! We found a catapult, battering ram, and trebuchet (which looks like a catapult but it's not). Sadly, there weren't any mock battles during our visit, leaving Jim a bit disappointed.
|Can you say trebuchet?|
It was a lot of fun to wander around the ruins of the fortress. Most of the fortifications were carved directly into the rock.
It was also a great outing for Hermes, as he was able to explore the grounds with us. The French are very keen on bringing their dogs everywhere. There was even a special "bar" for chiens et pigeons (dogs and pigeons!)
|Note the Cesar Millan-style collar. Hermes is in walk training!|