What was supposed to be a rest stop on a road trip turned out to be the highlight of the holiday.

While planning a monotonous seven-hour drive on the highway from Paris to Arles in the south of France in summer, I stumbled upon a Web page titled The French Town On The Edge Of A Giant Hole.

Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM.

Enjoy unlimited access to ST’s best work

  • Exclusive stories and features on multiple devices
  • In-depth analyses and opinion pieces
  • ePaper and award-winning multimedia content