The Ardeche: Plume the Dog

Posted in: France


Photo by Mike Kirwan
Photo by Mike Kirwan

Recently, while staying in the beautiful Ardèche region of southeastern France, we were visited by a rather friendly and energetic canine named Plume (“Feather” in French.) Plume was nice enough to lead us on an exhausting hike through the swath of mountains she calls home.

Soft spoken and with a perma-smile, Plume lives by the mantra “bark softly, but carry a big stick.” Although her countryside French accent was a bit hard to understand, we sensed from the swift wagging of her tail that she appears to enjoy l’Ardèche as much as we do.

The Ardèche region is filled with mountains and streams. And while it’s become a favored summer hiking and camping destination for French as well as international visitors, it remains off the beaten path. The region provides a provincial respite from the pace of Paris and glitz of the Mediterranean coast.

Plus, the dogs roam without leashes and even lead hikes.

About the author

Enchanted by maps at a young age, Michael's first voyages were of the unglamourous variety (think Florida, Subarus, and talking mice). It was in an Australian hostel, while sleeping on a bare mattress, that he discovered the value of quality budget travel. Following a six month sejour on Australia's Sunshine Coast, Michael finished his studies at Hunter College in New York and moved to Paris. In Paris, Mike edits and writes for The Paris Times and checks out cheap sleeps for EuroCheapo. When not walking the streets of Paris pretending to be Ernest Hemingway, Michael enjoys penning short stories and playing the didjeridoo.

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