I had the opportunity to visit the Cascades du Herisson in the Jura Mountains of France when I visited there a couple of years ago. It was in early spring and the buttercups were in bloom – very beautiful. The entire area consists of multiple waterfalls – “cascades” in French – some small and some from dizzying heights, as this link from YouTube shows.
The idea was that my friends thought I’d like to get a good bit of exercise before I left for my flight back to the US the very next day. I agreed! Well, I had my exercise all right! If I recall correctly, the entire walk one way took a good 3 hours, taking time to picnic, take photos, and not hurry.
At times the path is very easy, at other times quite steep and strenuous. Because some of the pathway is stone steps hewn into the mountainside, my knees took quite a battering and it was a good couple of weeks before they felt normal (we walked BACK the same route!). Many of the stones at that season were also wet from rain and cascades mist, so they had to be walked carefully in places. But it was worth every ache.
The air was fantastic, the natural beauty breathtaking.
At the end of the walk, there was a gift shop and a small restaurant, where we sampled the local mountain cheeses and bread. Yum! Nearly every mountain village in the Jura has its own distinctive cheese, and sampling them is a wonderful pasttime.
So, after such hearty fare, we made our way back the route we came, thoroughly happy and satisfied – and very tuckered out.
I’d like to say that I slept like a baby on the flight back, but I never do sleep on these long hauls. Nevertheless I filled the time with memories of my dear friends – and the sights, smells, and sounds of all I experienced on this walk and many others.