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Living on the edge

While most people live above the gorge, there are a few houses on the floor of the canyon.
While most people live above the gorge, there are a few houses on the floor of the canyon. ST PHOTO: SUZANNE SNG
Called the Trou de Bozouls or Bozouls Hole (above) by the locals, the chasm measures 400m wide and 100m deep and is millions of years old.
Called the Trou de Bozouls or Bozouls Hole (above) by the locals, the chasm measures 400m wide and 100m deep and is millions of years old.PHOTO: OFFICE DE TOURISME DE BOZOULS
The ancient and remote village of Bozouls has an old-world charm, with mediaeval towers (left) and stone houses that come with quaintly designed doors.
The ancient and remote village of Bozouls has an old-world charm, with mediaeval towers (left) and stone houses that come with quaintly designed doors.ST PHOTO: SUZANNE SNG

Romantic France is filled with hidden villages like Bozouls, which captivates with its centuries-old buildings perched precariously on the lip of a giant hole in the earth

What was supposed to be a rest stop on a road trip turned out to be the highlight of the holiday.

While planning a monotonous seven-hour drive on the highway from Paris to Arles in the south of France in summer, I stumbled upon a Web page titled The French Town On The Edge Of A Giant Hole.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 09, 2020, with the headline 'Living on the edge'. Print Edition | Subscribe