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La Garde-Guérin and the Gorges du Chas­sezac – On the eastern bor­der of Lozère, the me­dieval for­ti­fied vil­lage of La Garde-Guérin is perched 860m high atop a steep cliff. Also a plus beau vil­lage, with a tower ( pic­tured) and Ro­manesque church both listed mon­u­ments his­toriques, La Garde-Guérin is a must-see for its cul­tural her­itage and the breath­tak­ing (and breath-hold­ing) views down over Chas­sezac Gorge on one side and the fast-flow­ing River Altier on the other. From the vil­lage, you can take a path down to ex­plore the stun­ning Gorges du Chas­sezac on foot, along 30km of paths and trails with sus­pen­sion bridges cross­ing the River Chas­sezac. Aven Ar­mand – Find time to see the largest sta­lag­mite in the world (30m), pro­trud­ing among an­other 400 or so glit­ter­ing sta­lag­mites, 112m be­low the sur­face in Aven Ar­mand on Causse Mé­jean.

Boat­men of the Gorges du Tarn – Up un­til the early 20th cen­tury, the small vil­lages in the gorges of the River Tarn and River Jonte were ac­cessed prin­ci­pally by boat, and there were sev­eral boat­men ( bate­liers) fer­ry­ing lo­cals across and along the rivers. In Malène, in the heart of the Gorges du Tarn, a small group of boat­men keep the tra­di­tion alive of­fer­ing tourists a unique visit of the canyon and a taste of a by­gone era. Euro­pean Bi­son Re­serve – Way off the beaten track, in the mid­dle of the Marg­eride wilder­ness, you can visit the 200-hectare park by sleigh or horse-drawn car­riage and meet the 40 or so bi­son liv­ing wild. A hand­ful were first brought across from Poland in the 1960s as part of con­ser­va­tion ef­forts to save the al­most ex­tinct species. Open-air sculp­ture in Altier – Stirred by a de­sire to wed his pas­sion for art to the rugged ter­rain of Altier where he lives, sculp­tor Bernard Didelle led a project to cre­ate an in­trigu­ing art na­ture path that show­cases con­tem­po­rary sculp­ture by in­ter­na­tional artists in the nat­u­ral set­ting that in­spired their work.

Guided visit of his­toric Mende and the cathe­dral with Em­manuelle – In­ter­est­ing and great fun!

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