GRUISSAN AND LA CLAPE
Come to the simple life, to Gruissan with its port,
And ruined castle on the bluff, and look out the the sea flats
Houses are perched on stilts, at Gruisan Plage, that became the home of the hedonist Betty Blue
In the movie of the same name. Walk and bathe off the sands here,
From the clothed to the nude, there is a bit of heaven for everyone.
Inland climb the steep path to the massif, following stations of the cross,
Where sailors are buried from the turbulence of the sea
Climb to the chapel, Notre Dame des Auzils with its models and paintings of ships,
And look beyond to the harsh moor, for glorious walking
And views of where the French Airforce boom the sky with fighter planes.
Beyond walk inland, and discover the Gouffre de l'Œil Doux ,
A deep volcanic pool, at the bottom of cliffs, with dramatic trees,
Go further in to the vineyard owned by the descendants of Antoine de Saint-Exupery,
The man, the visionary of the Little Prince, and Wind Sand Stars who made air flight poetry,
And another vineyard once in the family of Toulouse L'Autrec.
Now filled take a run and a slide, and a good swim in the sea that beckons here
When the heat asks for nothing less!.