Yesterday I found myself with a couple of hours to spare in Murviel. My first thought was 'coffee' and I went in search of a café in the tiny medieval quarter of the village. The stone houses all nestled together were charming, and there was many a cat dozing picturesquely or out on the razzle, but café there was none.
That was when I remembered the oppidum, and, thrilled that I had at last the opportunity to see it, and remembered before it was too late, I followed a signpost that indicated the direction. Little did I know but that would be one of a total of two useful signs.
I was starting to wonder at the distinct lack of directions when I met a man, who turned out to be a local Brit, and was very helpful and told me that all paths lead to the oppidum. I just had to climb to the top of the hill, turn right, and I'd be overlooking it in all its splendour.
The path was steep and rocky, and promised to provide quite enough exercise for the day without me needing to go to the gym too.
|Steep path up|
After walking through a tiny olive grove in the middle of nowhere (it seemed), I found some ruins.
|Thick Roman wall which may or may not be part of the oppidum.|
|Disgruntled visitor message: 'Information NULLE !!'|
|Clear signpost with a fatal flaw|
|Bushy 'access-friendly' path|
At one junction, I met a jogger who optimistically asked me the direction to the village. He was lost too. He had been following the faint blue paint marks until they petered out. We struck up a matey chat of fellow lost-ees until I cracked and got my phone out to consult Google Maps. The jogger decided to try one direction and, while I was still waiting for my return itinerary to load, he came back to try another as the one he took just stopped.
|Tree-lined stony path|
|Immaculate and very posh olive grove|
|Abandoned well 50 m from abandoned house|
|Another picturesque path|
This is what I didn't see (to some lovely music):