Officials in Ardeche
shut down two out of four nuclear reactors at the Cruas-Meysse power plant for fear that branches and leaves in the floodwaters would clog cooling systems, officials said.
Much as we loved those Ardeche
views, our next adventure was underground at the Grand Site Aven d'Orgnac caves.
Four nights' B&B in the Ardeche
and Gard region starts at pounds 359 per person until October, including Eurostar and TGV train travel to Valence and hire car.
accommodation varies from Bohemian caravans to self-catering cottages, campsites, hotels and restored chateaux.
is a warren of little towns and villages to explore, all with good food at every turn, a great destination for those out to sample, a hearty wholesome back to nature table.
A couple of hours drive from Lyon airport, Ardeche
is in northern Provence, boasting breath-taking sights like the 20-mile descent of the Ardeche
Gorges, 200ft high Ray-Pic Cascades and Issarles Lake at the bottom of an ancient volcano crater.
The delightfully-named Joyeuse in Ardeche
has a museum on the history of the chestnut groves.
SCENIC: The landscape of Ardeche
, Mas Nouveau, left, and the trusty donkeys of Badjane, above
Coming towards the end of my time in the Ardeche
before I crossed the Rhone river into Vaucluse, I made my last stop in the pretty medieval village of Saint-Montan.
Mankind has lived in the Ardeche
for some 36,000 years
Around 40 pupils who had gone canoeing on the River Ardeche
on Sunday were unable to return to camp at Lou Vala Gran due to severe flooding.