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Area

Some kilometres north of the diverting and historic town of Sisteron you can find the village of Vaumeilh, hidden between the hills of the Alpes de Haute Provence; an area known for its fantastic climate, its hills, mountains and plains along the banks of the rivers Durance and Sasse. Les Deux Pigeons is situated on such an upland plain with a splendid view of the hills and mountains round about. The surroundings of Les Deux Pigeons offer excellent opportunities for trips by foot, by bike or by car to explore towns and villages. Click on pictures if you would like to see more of the area, sights and events.

Culture

A visit to the Citadel of Sisteron is a must. The museum Terre et Temps gives a good idea of the history of this city and its surroundings. Each town and village has its own characteristic weekly market, brocante (flea market) or festivities. Only an hour's drive will take you to the lovely city of Aix en Provence, with many terraces and shops. Another half hour by car and you can have a cuppa on a terrace at the old harbour in Marseilles.
citadel Sisteron

river

Scenery

Do not forget to visit the Gorges de Verdon, the Gorges de la Nesque, lake St. Croix and Serre Ponçon and the relentless 'white lady', the Mont Ventoux. Worthwhile visiting are the lavender fields near Valensole and Sault, the numerous picturesque villages like Cucheron, Banon Lourmarin, Bonnieux and the 'ochre' village of Rousillon. Many fruit- and wine routes will lead you through the lovely country.

Gliding

The internationally well-known gliding ground of Vaumeilh is situated at 1200 metres from our house. It is here that you can make a glide over this wonderful area. In the near vicinity there are possibilities for hang gliding and paragliding. Because of the strong thermal current cross country flying can be practised extremely well.
gliding at Vaumeilh

music
uitgaan

Going out

In and around Sisteron there are various ways to enjoy the regional delicacies, either on a terrace or in a restaurant. Just try 'pieds et paquets', 'agneau de Sisteron', 'calissons', nougat, miel de lavande, fougasse á l'anchois or the exquisite 'fromage de chèvre' from Banon for example. The numerous festivities in towns and villages involve many musical events. The national holiday on July 14th is celebrated enthusiastically everywhere. Sisteron itself is famous for its 'Les Rues en Fête', with various stages for music or theatre throughout Sisteron. One has to enter one's name in order to attend one of the various concerts or performances in the open air theatre at the Citadel.

Sports

Starting at Les Deux Pigeons you can make lovely walks, say along the river Syriez, or up the Hungry mountain or even try and master the slightly steeper mountains a little further on. Sisteron offers the opportunity of practising mountaineering. Of course you can have swim in our own swimming-pool to cool down, but in Sisteron there is lovely situated 'plan d' eau' ( free of charge) with lots space to play and to sun-bathe. The swimming pool offers a nice view of The Citadel. North of Laragne, at Lac de Riou you can rent pedal boats, canoes and surfboards. The Gorges de Verdon, de la Nesque and Méouge make very good places for walking, angling, bathing and canoeing. There are a wonderful golf courses in Digne and Gap (9 and 18 holes) for those who like to hit a ball and lovers of horse-riding can be served in Orpierre, Ribiers and Saint Etienne les Orgues. From November up to March one can fully enjoy skiing in St Jean Montclar, near Lac de Serre Ponçon. There are several ski runs. Ski gear can be hired on the spot. In summer it is a wonderful area to go for a walk. Fans of cycle-racing might see the Tour the France flashing by the access road of Les Deux Pigeons (as happened two times during the last three years). The surroundings of Les Deux Pigeons are fantastic for cycling and ATB trips.
ski area St. Jean Montclar walk along the river Syriez