Friday, October 2, 2009

The Village of Durfort (Gard), France

The medieval village of Durfort (départment du Gard) now has about 500 inhabitants. Durfort undoubtedly developed around the 12th-century chateau constructed during the height of feudalism and provided it labour and supplies. The modern village is now both sleepy and beautiful, with many of the stone homes being carefully renovated. The agricultural plains have been productive for centuries.

We focused mainly on the village's charming narrow walkways and followed the 14th-century wall, finally pausing on the outskirts of the village for a lovely luncheon, which sustained us for the challenging hike up the local mountain.