Tuesday, September 22, 2009



Heading west from Bagnols-sur-Cèze and the Rhône river valley, the landscape gradually changes. Further to the west the Cévennes mountains dominate the region. On the way, small villages, like Lussan, can be found perched on small hills overlooking an arid countryside.


In many respects, the town of Lussan is like any other small village of the Gard department. It attracts a few more visitors due to its picturesque perch and proximity to Les Concluses. However, in the off-season, it reverts to a lazy town, and the many restaurants reduce their hours. On our visit, only the town hall and one crêperie were open.

However, rumor has it that the Gendarmerie, the French national police force, recently discovered a cell of Basque separatists hiding out in the community. Big news indeed for a small town.

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