Cezanne's depiction of Montagne Ste Victiore as an irregular pyramid is untypical. The mountain is actually a long limestone escarpment so viewed from most angles It looks distinctly rectilinear - a slab of white limestone. However, from the gate of the campsite at Beaurecueil it conforms to the pictorial version, which pleases me. For Gill this is matterless, it's the geology that counts not its existence as a cultural icon.
Camping Ste Victoire, so called for obvious reasons, is probably a former municipal. It has that well run, no nonsense feel, with eccentric facilities, metal doors on the showers and a couple of Turkish toilets for anyone of a nostalgic disposition yearning for Clochmerle France. However the showers are good, there is a small alimentation on site and not only does the regular bus to Aix stop right at the gate, but it's also an easy walk to a car park where marked trails lead off into the forest and hills of the Ste Victoire massif.
|Camping Ste Victoire - a nice wooded site with big pitches and somewhat ancient facilities.|
|It's less than a kilometre to where the walks on the Montaigne Ste Victoire massif commence.|
|We followed one by a stream towards a marble quarry.|
|Lovely pine woods - very. Cezanne|
|interestingly variegated rocks|
|Nice walk, it only drizzled occassionally, and at least the rain was tepid.|