Crean's and the Guys' adventure travel blog

Our toute today was to Millau, a place recommended by a friend, who said that the viaduct there was the biggest in the world. The scenery changed from flat vinecovered valleys to hillsides of vineyards. It seemed a good place to stop so we went first to the tourist office and then booked into Hotel Le Chapelle- a 2 star, for E50 a night inc breakfast, in the centre of town. After obtaining crunchy bread a canard pate we set off to do a 130 km scenic tour north of Millau, stopping to picninc on the way. The day got better and better as we drove through a long gorge. The craggy cliffs on both sides of the river were ablaze in autumn colours, with dramatic cliffs rising above us. Small hamlets once again line the river, and dozens of campsites also. We visited a 1st century castle and then found an observation centre that studies and protects the regions vultures. They have cameras set up at various nest sites and we were able to view the nests thru a number of telescopes- a truly wonderful find. The road itself is cut into the cliff face with numerous tunnels carved through the rock. The route is called le Gorges du Tarn and today would have been one of the best days weve experienced. We didnt get back to Millau until 7pm so went straight to a restaurant for abottle of red wine, soup, salmon, and unexpectdly I ended up eating , for the first time in my life, lamb sweetbreads cooked in garlic, oil and parsley- delicious.

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