The lake and the Issarles Coucouron. In the northwest of the Ardèche, these lakes offer tranquility after admiring the wild gorges of Ardeche. One can swim, take a walking tour or stop in the eponymous village to discover their beautiful churches and old houses. (Being from Northern Ireland originally it reminds me of our lakes & loughs - of course the country farm smells too!)
This was the 1st French regional park.Founded in 1968,Regional Natural Park Scarpe-Escaut houses the bulk of industrial & mining heritage of the area.Located in Nord-Pas de Calais,between Lille, Douai & Valenciennes,it displaysthe landscapes of Hainaut its countryside,forestry & mining landscapes.I live in Valenciennes,as an honoury Ch'ti & the park is close to my heart.