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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sisteron by day

I lucked out. It rained and snowed all night but finally this morning the sun came out and I visited the town of Sisteron. Its main attraction is a Citadelle which is a fortress that has served as lookout and protection for the town for several hundred years. The chapel on top was heavily damaged by bombings during WWII and has been restored over the last few decades which is why it looks fairly new. Here are a couple of photos:

This is one of the lookouts:

This lookout oversees the river below and an interesting mountain on the other side:

In addition to visiting the local attractions, I've decided I should sample the local culinary specialties. This is the "pieds et paquets" which is the pride of Sisteron. I don't think I'll tell you what it is - some of you might be grossed out - but it was delicious! (I am in training to accompany my son Eric in his travels to China ;-)

I'll be leaving Sisteron soon and taking the bus to Cagnes. I'll check in from there.


  1. Pigs' feet, maybe? In dumplings?

  2. You recognized that pied = foot, but it's a lamb's foot (hiding underneath the parsley) plus lamb tripe wrapped around a stuffing of garlic and parsley (that is the 'packet'). Sounds gross, but it was quite tasty!