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Transhumance in Provence and a Hill-Top Village

Contributor blog post by Phoebe Thomas:

Every year in early autumn in the Alps animals that have spent the summer grazing in high pastures are brought down to the valleys for the winter.  This movement of livestock is called transhumance and in many villages it’s the perfect opportunity to get together and celebrate; a great excuse for a fête.  A couple of weeks ago, with a less than inspiring weather forecast and only a few hours available, we decided on the spur of the moment to go and experience a transhumance for ourselves in a gorgeous little hill-top village.

…Continue reading here for Phobe’s story of their day trip from the French Riviera to the village of Roubion (one of her favourites). A short family drive from Lou Messugo went to see the fête de la transhumance and the 2000+ sheep in the town streets. The Transhumance is the the traditional movement of sheep and livestock during spring and fall to seasonal grazing land.

More on Transhumance in Provence

Transhumance at St Remy de Provence: a sea of sheep (Spring event) by @CuriousProvence

History of Transhumance in Provence

Via:: Lou Messuogo


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Phoebe Thomas

Phoebe Thomas

Phoebe Thomas carries two passports British and Australian. She married a Frenchman and now the couple are living in Provence with their two children. This bilingual and multi-cultural family has travelled extensively to Asia, Eastern Europe and Australia before settling in Roquefort les Pins in 2007.

Read more about Lou Messugo the Cote d'Azur holiday home rental owned and managed by Phoebe and her husband here.

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