Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Meandering in Millau

One of the most amazing bridges in the world is situated in Millau, France. A small group of travellers set out from Vergeze (Alex, the other Jim, Michael and myself) to visit this amazing site. Once we'd passed Montpelier, the scenery was simply breathtaking (mind you, this was on the way up, I couldn't look on the way down!)

Driving across the bridge to the visitors' center was amazing. You can't actually see over the edge because the bridge is enclosed in kind of curved shield so the approach is much more dramatic than the actual crossing, but just the scale of the structure is pretty astounding.

The visitors' center was an attractive stone building with some mysterious Xs, which housed a cafe, gift shop, and museum - with a couple of movies on the construction of the bridge and the surrounding area (for example, the Roquefort caves!)

A short, very steep uphill walk took us to the primary viewing area. It was pretty crowded, but the views were worthy. Only a few (Michael and myself) ventured down a secondary road, which brought us underneath the bridge. The vantage point here was stupendous.

On the way home, I pretty much failed as a navigator because my eyes were so tightly closed. Once the road was not quite as steep and winding, I noticed that there was a large number of antique Citroens on the road - very cool!

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