In the upper Champsaur valley, in the heart of the Ecrins National Park, ou'll find the municipality of Saint-Jean Saint-Nicolas, a group of hamlets the largest of which is called Pont-du-Fossé.
Overlooking the superb broad valley of Drac Noir are a few perched houses, built from massive blocks of grey stone, with lauze roofs, set against a backdrop of vertical rock cliffs, around a picturesque belltower.
In such a tranquil spot, without a care in the world you'll be able to admire the round tower with its pointed roof, standing nobly in a verdant meadow.
This fine structure is all that remains of a medieval castle where according to historians "five families lived in succession from 1274 to the Revolution in 1789"...
What to see:
Saint Jean Château (near the parish church by the crossroads on the road to Chabottonnes).
Le Ecrins National Park.