Friday, April 3, 2009

Tourrettes sur Loup

On the road back road between Grasse and Vence is the stunning town of Tourrettes sur Loup, an impeccable hidden gem perched like a crouching animal on an isthmus jutting out from the mountainside, giving way on three sides to a steep cliff, and at the lower endpoint of the village a trail leads down to the valley below. The medieval village itself is amazing, with an easy to follow walking path that takes you throughout the entire village, from the main square on top to the lowest point at the overlook into the valley, and then back up the other side to the main square.
A 14th century village that is home to shops, craftsmen, and a wide variety of residents, locals and transplants, Tourrettes sur Loup has a charm and authenticity that cries out for you to simply hang out, relax, enjoy, wander, and appreciate.  The Devil Dog has seen many charming medieval villages but none has struck him with the power and beauty of Touresttes sur Loup, literally the lair of the wolf, as it emerges like a vision in the sky, a village virtually suspended in mid air.

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