France Mont Ventoux, north lookout

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Gert Lucas

About this spot
Mont Ventoux is a mountain in the Vaucluse department in the south of France, located about twenty kilometers northeast of Carpentras.

This summit in the Massif des Cèdres is the only one of this height (almost 2000 m) in the Provence region and is therefore also called the Giant of Provence. The name 'Mont Ventoux' is derived from the Occitan word vent meaning wind and is said to be dedicated to Vintour, the Celtic (Ligurian) god of the wind. Wind speeds of up to 300 km / h have been recorded at the top of the mountain. Another explanation of the name dates from the 1st or 2nd century AD. The Gaulish name can be reconstructed as 'Ven top (s)', which means 'snow top'. In the 10th century, the names Mons Ventosus and Mons Ventorius appear.

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