“Gorges du Verdon: The Grand Canyon of Europe”
When you hear the word 'France', you instantly think of places like the Eiffel Tower, the Palace of Versailles, the Louvre, the Arc the Triomphe or the Notre Dame. But what do these places have in common? All those places mentioned are all man-made. France has a lot of natural wonders that are mostly known only to its inhabitants since the popularity of those man-made landmarks conceal the beauty of the real France. Therefore let me show you the pride and joy of France and all of Europe: The Gorges du Verdon. The Gorges du Verdon or Verdon Gorge is more popularly known as The Grand Canyon of Europe. Although it is much smaller compared to that of the Grand Canyon of Arizona, its beauty and marvel is still truly a sight to behold. One of the greatest attractions in Provence, the Gorges du Verdon has a very wide variety of flora and fauna surrounding it, a must-visit for nature enthusiasts. Although the activities here like trekking, paragliding, kayaking, canoeing, hiking and rafting are not for the faint of heart, the alluring scenery and the river's pristine turquoise waters are what lures people of all ages to come and glimpse the captivating river canyon. Within this immense nature reserve are numerous more enthralling and fascinating sites worth exploring including the Styx du Verdon which is associated to the River Styx in Greek Mythology, the Samson Corridor with its numerous labyrinths, the Baume aux Pigeons, the Imbert Stairway with its 6 stairways, the Estelier, the L'Imbut wherein the waters of the Verdon seem to disappear into the rock, the footbridge at L'Estelle and the Tunnel de Trescaire, to name a few. Overall, the Gorges du Verdon is definitely worth visiting and exploring at least once in a lifetime. I guarantee you, once you've had a taste of what the Gorges du Verdon has to offer, you will forever be asking for more.