A 200-odd metre chain is strung between two rock masses over the town, from which a golden star is suspended. The legend says it was hung in the 10th century by the Knight of Blacas, who vowed to do so if he ever escaped his captors (during the Crusades).
The original star is long gone - apparently the chain and etoile are replaced every 50 years or so.
But before we did that, we had a bite to eat and enjoyed walking around the picturesque streets.
There were some really unique artisan wares:
And of course, the usual touristy stuff:
Moustiers is well known for its faïence china and there are plenty of shops stocking many variations (there is also a museum on the subject near the mairie).
You can even find lovely examples of it adorning residences:
The walk up the the Chapelle must not be missed. It's not a steep incline and there are handrails almost all the way up.
The Chapelle in the distance, from about half way up
You'll pass the 14 Stations of the Cross as you go:
A warning - the rocks steps have been worn smooth by the feet of a million tourists (and pilgrims) and are really, really slippery. The handrails were a necessity on the way down.
You will also want to keep your little ones nearby for although there are walls/rails, there are also a few spots where they could take a tumble.
I'm really not sure what Mary is up to in this scene:
The views on the way are spectacular:
The church itself is small and cosy:
But the real reason to make the climb is to look back down on the village and the land beyond.
Moustiers-Sainte-Marie is a gorgeous spot to visit if you love cobblestone streets, crockery or tourist attractions that help you burn off all those crème brulées.
We recommend it!
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