sisteron, france

Sisteron was a place that I almost didn't include on our itinerary...it was kind of out of the way and it didn't seem to have a lot to do, but the pictures I saw beforehand of the cliff rising up over the river and the town were just striking and I felt like since we were going to be in the area, we should make an effort.  We didn't visit the citadel, which is pretty much the town's only attraction, but we did walk along the river and down a street or two, and were wowed by the color of the river's water.  It doesn't look the same color in every picture, but I promise I didn't edit the photos at all, this is exactly how things looked in person - it was unreal!  

The first photos below are from our drive from Vaison-la-Romaine to Sisteron...it was really spectacular.  As you can see, we stopped a few times to take pictures and to get food from the trunk.  France!  Who knew?!

Sisteron has quite a history: Napoleon passed through at one point when he was returning from exile in Elba, and part of the town's citadel (which is from the 11th century) was destroyed during World War II attacks.  

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 and stopping afterwards in Aiguèze and then spending some time checking out Roman remains in Orange and staying the night in Vaison-la-Romaine.  The next morning we explored out Vaison-la-Romaine and drove on to Sisteron.