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  View from Blandas
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  • View from Blandas - Languedoc-Roussillon
      View from Blandas
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  • Down the Vis valley - Languedoc-Roussillon
      Down the Vis valley
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  • Trees are on the steep slopes - Languedoc-Roussillon
      Trees are on the steep slopes
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  • Arriving at the village - Languedoc-Roussillon
      Arriving at the village
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  • The church of the village - Languedoc-Roussillon
      The church of the village
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We are not here in Slovenia, in the Kras Region, where the word ?Karst? has been invented, end of 19th century, to describe landscapes and landforms typical of limestone covered areas, and the way they are formed, but here, on the Causses, you are in a typical karstic landscape, with caves, cliffs, sinkholes, dry riverbeds, reemergences. . . . Here, it is spectacular, and the Cirque de Navacelles is a real beauty of nature.
When you arrive from North (Blandas), this (picture 1) shows what is expecting you: a view over high cliffs, deep gorges, the small village nested far down there, the waterfalls from very high above. . . . There is a parking just before the road winds down, and take your time to look in every direction, look at the Vis Valley (picture 2), and then go slowly down, find places to stop, look how nature changes with elevation (picture 3), before arriving in the dry valley and discover the village (picture 4), built in two parts on the ?banks? of the fields which occupy the dry valley, village dominated by the high cliffs (picture 5), rebuilt after 1980, as when I visited the area at that time, only four houses (including the ?Auberge?) were occupied by people; most of houses are now vacation houses, but at least the houses have been rebuilt, and there is some life, here, far from everywhere. . . . .

When you drive down, after a few (3) km, on the right side is a parking place from where a trail leads you to the Vis re-emergence (2 hours go-return walk) where a restored water mill captured in the past the hydraulic power of the Vis which after some 15 km subterranean travel resurfaces there; 30 years ago, the walk was beautiful; now, I guess nature has not changed. . . .

To reach Navacelles :
If you drive on motorway A75, Way out 49 at Le Caylar, RD9, then RD152 direction St Michel and St Maurice de Navacelles and then La Baume Auriol (25 km)
From East described above.
Have a detailed map, many small roads go across the Causses.

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  • Written Mar 14, 2010
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