07-Jun-2001 -- While on holiday in this region,
we decided to try to visit this confluence which seemed to
be reasonably easy to reach. Today was a bright sunny day
with the temperature reaching 30°C at midday.
We'd worked out from maps and Autoroute that the confluence
was just south of the D16 road, which led northwards out of
Chalabre village. We followed this road and, soon after a
junction on the left leading over a bridge to Chateau de
Falgas, the road turned to the left and headed westwards
After driving along the road and back to establish the
closest approach to the confluence, we found a convenient
place to park about 300m eastwards from the boundary of the
village. Here, by a very useful coincidence, there was a
rough track leading down first eastwards then westwards,
ending up on the valley floor with the Hers river some
The floor of the valley was flat and completely covered by
an apple orchard, with rows of trees in various stages of
growth: some very small bushes covered with black netting,
larger ones under white netting, and mature trees with fruit
(although not yet large enough to eat) in the open. Each
row had lines of poles to support the netting (3-4 metres
above the ground), wires running between them to support the
plants, and also watering hoses with jets for each plant -
a well-organised growing operation.
The confluence turned out to be in the middle of the first
open area from the eastward end of the orchard. Apart from
the poles and wires, there was nothing man-made visible at
all - the road and village were hidden from view, so there
were just forests and grassy slopes rising on either side.
There was also nothing to hear apart from the river and the
occasional vehicle somewhere.
We took the photographs and then returned to the car and
set off - our first confluence done! On the way back we
went through Sonnac village again to try to find out the
name of the orchard - although there was a barn with
tractors and machinery at the western end of the orchard,
just inside the village, there was no name shown and nobody
seemed to be around. So we went away none the wiser...