Defiantly some masochistic tendencies forming in this group -hardly the muscles have recovered from Georges Sundays Saorge breeze than Brian proposes a visit to the historical village of St Jeannet next weekend followed by a short2.5 hrs. hike up the Baou....
St Jeannet village - 06640 – 420m above sea level
Estimated time 2.5 hrs , Distance 5.6km , Denivele about 400m. Level easy/moderate but dontlet that kid you it will be steep
Gather at 9.30 am leaving 10am sharp.
Rdv Point Parking at entry to village (large parking on your left, next to tourist information) Meet at Tourist information point. The village of St. Jeannet sits on a ledge beneath the towering Baou de St. Jeannet, with the Baou de la Gaude just to the right (east), and the Baou des Noirs and Baou des Blancs lined up to the west towards Vence. The village is beautiful, picturesque, authentic, and not overrun with tourists.
Use the free parking lot at the entrance to the village; it's only a short walk into the center. The Place St. Barbe comes first, with benches and a great view out to the sea. (The view is even better if you take a walk up to the top of the Baou de St. Jeannet.) There's a handy café-terrace right at the place, and an excellent Auberge-restaurant.
Take the time to explore the village before you hike up the baous. There are a lot of little streets winding back through the ancient buildings, and you'll see the lovely Eglise Paroissiale St-Jean-Baptiste, built in 1666 and currently being renovated (28 May - 26 July '96). Wandering through the old streets, you'll discover a little "Panorama" terrace after going through a beautiful low arched passage. Among the old buildings and other ancient things to see in the village are a couple of pretty fountains, one of them dating to 1875.
St. Jeannet is reputed to be a center of "witchcraft", with some of the older village women apparently using herbs and spells to cure ailments and who-knows-what else. Another rare feature is that the village has its own water system, from springs high on the Baou.
The Baou de St. Jeannet also has well-hidden caves up on the side, where the villagers have sought refuge in times of trouble for many, many centuries. The Baou de La Gaude, to the right looking up from the village, has the remains of a neolithic fort at the peak. Another feature for walks up this Baou is "le vieux chêne", an oak tree at least 600 years old, on the wooded peak about 200 m north of the Baou's front peak.
First record, 13th century Castrum de Balma loannis
Prehistoric: There are oppidum and prehistoric sites on the Baou de St. Jeannet, Baou des Noirs and Baou de la Gaude (a prehistoric fort).
Gallo-Roman: The prehistoric site at Collet du Mourre was reoccupied in Gallo-Roman times.
Medieval: Saint Jeannet was ruled by the Villeneuves from the 13th century until the Revolution.
Looks interesting to me…
Please post your contact details if you can offer a lift ,picnic if the weather holds, alternative auberge in the village. approx 20mins from coast inland from St Laurent dVar