FRANCE If you Ever Come To … (No. 47)

Posted by on 12. April 2012
Mont Ventoux

That's the summit, looking like the result of an catastrophe ...

Even the sight is aweful: not a leaf of green, a rocky horror, barren as a bomb – and the windiest place on earth! The sadists who organize the famous bycicle race „Tour de France“ send the participants from time to time to the summit, by far the hardest leg of all bike races. Up the not very high Mont Ventoux (1912 m or 6273 ft) in Southern France (in the otherwise lovely Provence) blows a mixture of Mistral and Tramontane, two of the most feared storms of Europe. And on a February day of 1967 the wind reached a speed of 330 km/h or 198,83 mi/h! That’s world record, registered on land. Today a paved road winds up to the TV tower, use it if you want, the panarama view is not bad, but don’t have loose things on you, the eternal wind will blow them down into the Provence …

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