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the gorges du loup

WHERE THE RIVER CUTS THROUGH THE MOUNTAIN

I'd love to have confirmation on this, but the site rivierafrance.com states the road through the gorges was built by navies paid for by the cycle club of France. Sounds crazy, but then the French are pretty mad when it comes to cycling and stranger things have happened.

It's certainly a very popular route for cyclists today, just about equaling the traffic found on the Col du Vence on the other side of the Courmettes Mountain. Before this road was built it used to take 2 days on horseback to reach Nice from Greolieres; difficult to imagine when you can now jump in a car and be by the sea in 35 minutes.

Gorges du Loup
Eagles Nest Restaurant  
The Eagles Nest restaurant in Gordon, high above the gorge

As you drive up the gorge the first tunnel you come to was dug when the original road that snaked around the gorge partly slid into the river. What's left is now a popular viewing point and at the exit to the tunnel is a small parking area where many of the Canyoners park up for the day. Just a little further is the Cascades du Courmes. This is a very pretty, albeit quite small, waterfall, running down from a source in Courmes, another medieval village perched high above and out of sight.

Up until before the war there used to be a tiny café nestled behind the cascading waters and you can still see the entrance steps cut out of the sold rock. It must have been quite hilarious sipping a coffee in the damp recess of the waterfall, a fine spray of cool spring water descending on you. By order of the Mayor of Courmes the steps and cafe have been closed to the public, leaving them to stare from the narrow road.

Cascades du Courmes
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