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March 11th, 2012
Montpeyroux 340173 34150
Hérault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.695 3.506 150 m

In the vines, Montpeyroux

One view.
Another view.

Near the "Saint-Étienne les Bains" hamlet, the almond trees flower in the vineyards of Hérault.

The almond tree, symbol of virginity, is one of the first fruit trees to flower at the end of the winter.
Its flowers, of a rosy white, appear before the sheets.
The almond is delicious, but the bitter almond, fruit of the wild almond tree, is toxic with certain amount, and can even be mortal, because it contains hydrocyanic acid.

_ The almond tree inspired a roguish song to George Brassens. (Born in Sète, Hérault, 22 October 1921, died in Saint-Gély-du-Fesc, Hérault, October 29, 1981)

L'AMANDIER. The Almond Tree.
Words: George Brassens. Music: George Brassens 1957, © musical Editions 57

_ The almond tree inspired Alphonse de Lamartine, 1790-1869.

The branch of almond tree.

Montpeyroux is a french commune, located in the departement of Herault of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 1224 Montpeyrousiens in 2007, distributed out of 22.4 km², that is to say 54.6 hab/km².

At the border of the foothills of the Causse du Larzac and the Séranne mountain, and the Hérault plain, Montpeyroux is known for the quality of its environment, and the quality of its wine from an excellent terroir.

Near the valley and Gorges of the Herault river, Montpeyroux was on a pilgrimage route that led to the abbeys of Aniane and Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, and was crossed by the paths of the salter, and by drailles where to go yet transhumance of sheep between the Larzac causse and hérault plain.

My images of Montpeyroux.
My images of the Hérault river valley and canyon.

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