’Mountains of lace.’
The most beautiful nature reserve in the former principality of Orange is Dentelles de Montmirail. It is a very small mountain range, which we see here rising behind the typical Provençal village of Sablet. Dentelles means 'lace' in French and that is not as strange as it seems because the peaks have a filigree quality about them. Erosion has punched large holes in the stone which has resulted in the formation of natural arches and bridges. Frilly as lace, so to say. It is a great place for hiking and climbing, with a permanent view of the Mont Ventoux. Photo Paul Smit.