Auribeau-sur-Siagne

Looking from Auribeau-sur-Siagne to the northeast

Looking from Auribeau-sur-Siagne to the northeast

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On Easter Monday 2016, March 28, we drove to nearby Pégomas and parked along the Siagne. The idea was to follow the river for a while, climb up to and explore the village of Auribeau, and then head back down. What we didn't know was that the area we had chosen for our outing was part of an all-terrain bicycle race from Saint-Vallier to Grasse. More than 1,500 riders shared the sometimes very narrow footpaths with a few pedestrians. It seemed that every few seconds, one had to get out of the way in order not to get run over.

We did make it up to Auribeau-sur-Siagne, but on the way down, we decided to follow a different route in order to avoid the cyclists on one of the more narrow parts of the walk. After walking down an incredibly steep road, we ended up in a classic "you can't get there from here" situation: we were about thirty yards from where we wanted to be, but that distance was part of a private (and fenced in) property. Since going back up that steep road was out of the question, we resorted to walking back to the car on the regular road, a detour of over two distinctly un-scenic miles. Still, the Siagne is beautiful and Auribeau, while not a major attraction, a lovely hilltop village.


The Siagne near the 'Restaurant de l'Écluse' For a short while, the path follows the river

The Siagne near the Restaurant de l'Écluse

For a short while, the path follows the river


The first leaves are just starting to come out Looking downstream

The first leaves are just starting to come out

Looking downstream


The many shades of green are reflected in the river The riverbed

The many shades of green are reflected in the river

The riverbed


Auribeau reflected in the Siagne The village seen from the river

Auribeau reflected in the Siagne

The village seen from the river


Avoiding the cyclists was not always easy Racing down the steps leading up to the village

Avoiding the cyclists was not always easy

Racing down the steps leading up to the village


Entering the village Coming up the 'Chemin de Sous-Barri'

Entering the village

Coming up the Chemin de Sous-Barri


The 'Rue de la Poste' In the village

The Rue de la Poste

In the village


Town Hall Looking down from the 'Place de l'Église'

Town Hall

Looking down from the Place de l'Église


On the 'Place de l'Église' 'Saint-Antoine', the village church

On the Place de l'Église

Saint-Antoine, the village church


The top of the village affords a lovely view... ...and is a good spot for the race participants to rest a bit.

The top of the village affords a lovely view...

...and is a good spot for the race participants to rest a bit.


Heading back down A ceramic tile village map

Heading back down

A ceramic tile village map


The 'Rue du Portail' and the old gate Heading down the steep and narrow streets

The Rue du Portail and the old gate

Heading down the steep and narrow streets


The 'Traverse du Caladou' In the old village

The Traverse du Caladou

In the old village


Old roof tiles Back on the 'Chemin de Sous-Barri'

Old roof tiles

Back on the Chemin de Sous-Barri


A last look at the Siagne before heading home

A last look at the Siagne before heading home


The photos on this page were all taken on March 28, 2016.




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