Les-Baux-de-Provence, France, is known for its bloody and ruthless past. Known for pushing individuals off the rocky cliffs, decapitation, and other cruel methods of death, the lords of Les Baux are not characters you’d want to cross. Thus, the area was feared.
It is said Dante modeled one of his layers of hell in the Inferno off of the rocky landscape of Les Baux.
I am not sure which contributed to it, but area became known as “The Valley of Hell.”
Gabe and I visited Les-Baux-de-Provence on our whirlwind trip to see the lavender this summer. However, short on time, we didn’t climb the entire way to see the castle & fortifications. Instead, we wandered around the village checking out churches and views from the mid-heights.
However, this time, Mom & I were up for the adventure.
Le Mistral, the fierce Provençal wind, also accompanied us. However, pressing against the bursts had its rewards. The top was very impressive with bell towers and rooms carved into the face of the stone cliffs.
If you go to Les Baux, don’t miss going to the top!
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