View of Ornans, Gustave Courbet
Gardens and Promenades
One of the most beautiful rivers in France, the mythical Loue springs up near the village of Ouhans, leaps from the rock, and forms a waterfall. From lookouts to blind valleys, the Loue offers an easy downstream canoe with a succession of panoramic views and picturesque villages. Of special interest are the villages of Lods and Ornans.
Lods is built in the narrow valley of the Loue and is ranked among "the most beautiful villages in France". Ornans is perfect for walking, a privileged site for fly-fishing, and due to the way it is built along the river, it is often referred to as "Little Venice of Franche- Comte". It is also the beloved birthplace of Gustave Courbet and is preparing the re-opening of a fantastically renovated musée Courbet to great fanfare in July 2011.
la Source de la Loue
Middle Age Bridge near Le musee Courbet
Ornans on the Loue, "Little Venice Comtoise"