Feature: Transhumance

Every spring throughout parts of southern France, an incredible migration known as the Transhumance takes place as thousands of sheep are led from the coast to the mountains to summer on alpine pastures. The journey takes about six days, and sheep, goats and donkeys block many tertiary routes to the Alps, leading to the amusement or annoyance of many a tourist.

In St-Rémy-de-Provence on Pentecost Monday this tradition is honoured as shepherds kitted out in traditional dress lead about 6000 sheep through St-Rémy's streets on their way to the mountains, and market-day festivities fill the town.