|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.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.