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21-01-2014 20:55



Known as The Giant of Provence, The Bald Mountain, nicknamed ‘Domaine des Anges’ (Domain of the Angels), Mont Ventoux was known to the Gauls as Vintur after an obscure local god reckoned to live up there, presumably because he liked the ferocious gales of the col des Tempêtes blasting through his frost-gelled hair. Ventoureso is the Provençal word for the north-east wind. There is also a claim for Ven-Top, ‘snowy peak’ in ancient Gallic. Mediaeval Latin records it as Mons Ventosus and Mons Ventorius. Ventosus (windy) transmutes into the French word.

I favour "The Giant of Provence"........