Postcard from St. Jeannet, Porte des Baous in the Alpes Maritimes

The gîte for our stay for the Camp des Baous was in St. Jeannet in the Alpes Maritimes, resting on a ledge underneath limestone cliffs. Panoramic views to the coast below but high enough to be slightly out of the heat and the bustle. The town calls itself Porte des Baous (gateway to the Baous), Baou seems to refer to both the limestone cliffs and the numerous frogs who inhabit the fields below and were singing loudly in the evening sunshine... The cliffs have an appearance like the snout of a sitting frog, so maybe that’s the origin of the word. It could also be that Baou is a slang word for the people who live underneath Baous (meaning cliff). There’s a climbing school and numerous gîtes, despite the locals seemed to welcome us and our club’s booking.