aiguèze, france

To be honest, as I was going through my notes and pictures from our trip and I saw the name of this village, I didn't recognize it at all.  I figured it was one we decided not to stop in as that definitely happened due to overplanning and time constraints throughout the trip, but once I looked at a few more pictures, I started remembering the town, even if the name still sounds completely foreign to me...and because my French is so abysmal, I hardly know where to start on trying to pronounce it.  

Aiguèze faces the River Ardeche, and has a century-old suspension bridge crossing said river leading into town that is quite a looker.  I was a little surprised to find out that Aiguèze has been classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, as it is nice, but seeing as I don't have solid memories of it being AMAZING, as I do with many of the other most beautiful villages in France that we stopped in, I was a bit surprised with this one.  Aiguèze does have castle ruins, a stone path running along the river beneath the ruins, and some peaceful, pedestrianized streets, as well as a church that dates from at least the 11th century.  So, it has a lot of going for it, that's for sure, and is certainly a worthy stop after finishing a long, lovely drive through the Gorges de l'Ardeche as there are very few places to stop aside from overlooks once you get into the gorge.  

D - One of the things that sticks out in my mind from this village is the smell of wisteria.  At one point, we came around this corner and slammed nose first into this scent.  Below you can see a picture of Shannon in this alleyway filled with the stuff, which, I'm ashamed to admit, up until around this point we were calling lavender (I'll never get my flora identification badge now!).  Oh well, #wisteriahysteria is a pretty good hashtag so I'm not complaining too much.  

See more from our road trip around southern France: our day in Toulouse here, and all of our stops on our first day: Cahors, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Bouzies, Rocamadour, Padirac CaveLoubressac, and Figeac.  We began our second day in Marcillac-Vallon and Belcastel, made a stop at the Viaduc de Millau before heading into the Gorges du Tarn, and finally checked out the lovely Sainte-Enimie.  That night, we stayed in Le-Pont-de-Montvert.  We started our third day in Labeaume before driving through the Gorges de l'Ardeche.