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Mirmande is a very pretty stone village with very steep streets. We had booked into a charming hotel and found ourselves in a large comfortable, light filled room on the top floor looking out on the hill above.
The village turned out to be excellent exercise, on a par with Awaba Street in Mosman. We panted our way to the top, thighs complaining, and then headed down narrow paths between the many pretty stone cottages and little gardens. Dinner in the hotel dining room was the longed for traditional French cuisine and delicious. Not a pizza in sight. We slept well and contented. And the traditional French continental breakfast the next morning completed the delightful experience.
We continued down the Rhône valley towards Avingnon.
Our car next to a field of corn.
Quite soon we came to the large Cruas Nuclear Power Station, on the other side of the river.
A check on line revealed that site contains 4 pressurized water reactors of 900 MW each, totalling 3600 MW total. This is one of nineteen such plants in France. France generates the great majority of its electricity using atomic power and exports surplus electricity to several of its neighbours.
Just three such plants would replace all the coal burning generation in NSW.
Cruas Nuclear Power Station
The plant has been the target if antinuclear protesters. A mural on a cooling tower is intended to advertise its ecological credentials - zero emissions. Nine mountaineers were employed to paint it. The painting reflects the basics of Water and Air and is titled Aquarius. A couple of 2MW wind turbines complete the clean-green message.
As nuclear plants generate a good deal of waste heat, water vapour from the cooling towers generates a considerable cloud that can be seen for miles.