Enjoying the beautiful Gorges du Verdon in the Provence

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Whether it is walking, bouldering, hiking, kayaking or just simply sitting on a stone with your feet in the refreshing turquoise water of the river Verdon: The higher Provence region in France has a lot to offer for those who enjoy nature!

One of it’s true pearls is the so called Gorges du Verdon – a spectacular canyon that forms the border between the Alpes-Haute-Provence and the Var. The ‘Grand Canyon du Verdon’ is about 21 km long, varies in width between 6 and 100 m at the bottom and 200 to 1500 m at its rim. There are plenty of hiking tracks to be explored there- any level of difficulty can be found. My favourite hike starts shortly after the idyllic town Castellane (*left in the picture) and takes about 6-7 hours in total – depending on how much time you spend in between for just observing the beauty of the nature. I recommend to start early in the morning, bring enough water and plan in a few stops where you can just observe the colorful light play in the river, sit on a stone warmed by the sun and enjoy the subtle sent of rosmary and thyme in the air. I can’t praise it enough: There are passages through caves (don’t forget a torch or you’ll regret it) and a spectacular ladder climb for the adventurers among you!

When traveling by car, I recommend to arrive via the famous “Route des Crêtes” – it is one of the most beautiful roads to explore the canyon!

Oh by the way: For those of you who enjoy a good swim: The Lac de Sainte-Croix is just around the corner and equally gorgeous! From there it’s not very far to the gorgeous Lavender fields that the Provence is also famous for. A trip to the famous Côte D’Azur can be done in less than two hours – don’t forget to stop in ‘Grasse’ for a coffee, a delicious croissant and a new perfume!

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Nini Baseema

Nini is a self-proclaimed social media addict who lives and works in Germany. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, taking selfportraits, documenting the world around her in words and pictures, dancing, listening to a good tune and being creative - whenever she finds a good reason to, which is almost all the time. Other than scribbling for Bald Hiker, she's also a long-term contributor to the pop culture blog Lost At E Minor. Her greatest passion is for the arts, and she takes great pleasure in sharing her taste on Twitter or via her Tumblr blog http://theformofbeauty.tumblr.com. Her own works can be found at http://ninibaseema.tumblr.com and http://travelingnini.tumblr.com.