This village is soooooooooo stunning that I don’t even know where to begin with words…so why not kick off with a few pictures…and hopefully some phrases will come to my mind but I doubt whether I can truly describe what our eyes saw and our hearts felt. It is simply BREATHTAKING ! Do click on each picture to enlarge !
A Luberon day
It was the second week of September, a beautiful sunny and crisp Thursday morning, THE perfect day to take our American friends to the Luberon. With Gordes, Bonnieux and Roussillon on the agenda, we decided to start in impressively splendid Roussillon, right on time for lunch and…market day ! The US gals looooove to shop so this worked out perfect for them…and then some !
You can read more info about the Luberon in one of my previous articles ‘At the movie set of ‘A Good Year’.
50 shades of ocher
Roussillon is located on the southern side of the ‘Plateau de Vaucluse’, above one of the world’s largest known ocher deposits where many different shades of ocher were once mined. Ocher is a natural earth pigment containing hydrated iron oxide, which ranges in color from yellow to deep orange or brown. It is also the name of the colors produced by this pigment, especially a light brownish-yellow.
Just a few minutes walk from the village is the beginning of the ‘Sentier des Ocres’ (Ocher trail). Two different trails take you through the ocher lands. Along the way information signs inform you more about the geology, flora and history of the ocher deposits in the Luberon. The trails take you past multi-colored ocher formations set against a background of deep green pine trees.
The belfry was the ancient entrance into the fortified area called the Castrum and was renovated in the 19th century as a bell tower adjoining the church. It is hard to miss this place and I truly suggest you walk up there because from this point, there are sublime views of the village and surrounding area.
Fun in the sun
As you walk through Roussillon, you will pass 17th and 18th century houses painted in all the local ocher shades from soft gold to deep, rich red. Sooooooo pretty, especially on a blue-sky-day as we had ! We and our US friends were simply impressed ! And even started acting silly from time to time 🙂 DO click to enlarge !
Roussillon, classified as ‘Les Plus Beaux Villages de France’ is simply another MUST-VISIT ! I leave you all with some more beautiful impressions and I truly hope they encourage you to visit this awesome village when in Provence !
And…last but not least…don’t forget that camera honey !