Friday Fix: Vercors National Park, the French Alpes.

This is the fourteenth edition of my bi-weekly series, Friday Fix, a quick burst of inspiration to spur you (and me) on through our final day in the office. The idea of these photos is to give you a glimpse of some of the most incredible places I've ever found in a format you can digest in your coffee break...

Vercors National Park, the French Alpes.
Vercors National Park, the French Alpes.

As is often the way with whatever's on your doorstep, I'd never been all that excited about travelling in France. After a few hours hurtling round the Alpes' deadly mountain roads, I began to realise my mistake.


Without ever knowing it was there, I was suddenly surrounded by the Vercors Massif, some of the highest rock formations I've ever seen. This group of alien limestone cliffs, vertical and imposing as The Wall,* apparently culminate in flat plateaus at the top, though I never got up there myself. 


Tiny villages, made up of buildings far from the conformity of their modern equivalent, had a refreshing lack of straight lines.


Had the Summer lasted I could have swum in those rivers forever...

Vercors National Park, the French Alpes.

*Unnecessary Game of Thrones reference for anyone living under a rock.

Vercors National Park, the French Alpes.

Previous editions of Friday Fix:

  1. The faces of Angkor Thom, Cambodia.                 -South East Asia
  2. Nanuya Balavu Island, Fiji.                                  -Pacific
  3. Chefchaouen and the mountains, Morocco.          -North Africa
  4. The Great Barrier Reef, Australia.                        -Oceania 
  5. Plaza de España, Seville, Spain.                           -Western Europe
  6. Scoor beach, Mull, Scotland.                                -Western Europe
  7. A sobering walk down the river in Siem Reap.      -South East Asia
  8. Milford Sound, New Zealand.                               -Oceania
  9. Parade of the Giants, Marrakesh.                         -Northern Africa
  10. Moscow's Metro Stations.                                    -Russia
  11. Angkor Watt and pink water-lilies at sunrise.        -South East Asia
  12. Naxos, Greece.                                                   -Europe
  13. Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia.                           -South East Asia
Vercors National Park, the French Alpes.

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Comments: 6
  • #1

    Nathan Anderson (Friday, 11 September 2015 11:53)

    I'm loving those buildings! I wish I'd gotten to the French Alps, instead of wasting my time in Nice. Those small mountain villages would be great spots to spend some time in :)

    Are there trails leading up to the top of some of those rock formations?

  • #2

    Katie Featherstone (Friday, 11 September 2015 14:23)

    I hope you get back to France Nathan- I think you would love it in the Alpes! There are paths to the top I think, but I was sort of hitchhiking. :)

  • #3 (Saturday, 12 September 2015 09:27)

    I used to have the same feeling about France till last year when my mum and I went to visit a friend and saw the non touristy small villages in central France and I realised there was so much I'd been missing out on when I'd only seen places like Nice and Paris. Those limestone cliffs look so beautiful!

  • #4

    Clement (Saturday, 12 September 2015 11:02)

    Besides Paris and thé Provence their

  • #5

    Clement (Saturday, 12 September 2015 11:07)

    Besides Paris and the Provence area their are still à lot of hiden treasure to discover in France, Vercor is one them! As usual Nathan you have found the hidden track!

  • #6

    Katie Featherstone (Sunday, 13 September 2015 09:25)

    I wonder if you think I am Nathan, Clement? Or are you talking to the Nathan who commented above? How confusing...

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