A Village In Provence

“Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people,
and the hills, in righteousness!”

Psalm‬ ‭72‬:‭3

After reading Peter Mayle’s “A Year in Provence,” the southeastern region of France became a must see!  The pictures of the brilliant sunlight, the azure skies, the fragrant lavender fields, the medieval villages perched on hilltops have enticed travelers from all over the world to this magical region of France!  I must say it did not disappoint.  I have always admired the Provençal style of living-from the rich colors of decorating to the farm-to-table cuisine!  One of our favorite villages is Roussillon.  We hope you enjoy our tour of this totally unique village in Provence!

Roussillon is ranked as one of the most beautiful villages
in France!  It is located in the heart of the biggest ochre
deposits in the world!

The village of Roussillon is surrounded by beautiful countryside!

Ochre has been used for centuries, and is the oldest pigment
used for painting

A view of the village is like an artist’s pallet, with the varying
colors from yellow to purple, with all the shades of pink and
red in between.

“The best way to see a place is to get lost.” It was fun to
wander the maze of streets and squares!

The ochre facades of the buildings are amazing!

Shades vary from light yellow to dark red, set off by the brightly painted shutters and doors!

Every arched passage leads to more feasts for the eye!

The yellow hued building is Saint Michael Church with its 17th century facade!

Roussillon’s architecture
reflects the memories of centuries past!

We enjoyed a lovely Provençal lunch (where you see the
red umbrellas) overlooking the picturesque scenery!

Lush countryside with the ochre deposits on the hills!

It is exciting to follow a cobblestone path and discover a gorgeous view!

I was enchanted by the exterior colors of this charming restaurant!

This photo looks like a painting.  I might should ask our artist friend,
Craig to paint this stunning scene!

I took this photo overlooking the old Mediterranean tiles that grace every rooftop!

The perfect Provençal farmhouse!

More ochre stained homes!

The belfry was renovated in the 19th century as a bell tower!

As I was preparing this blog, I suggested to Butch that we
need to go back to Roussillon and stay a week!
He hasn’t commented yet!

Archway reveals one of my favorite buildings!

The colors are so pleasing and typical Provence!

The yellow building with dark red shutters is a bookstore!

Gorgeous view of the red ochre cliffs contrasting with the lush
green pine trees!

Thank you for reading and sharing everyday living with us!

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  1. Joanie McLaughlin says:

    I live in the desert where homes are pretty much all various shades of beige. I wish they looked like those in this town instead. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing these pictures.

  2. Stephanie says:

    Oh Pam, what a lovely place to visit! There is so much beauty and charm. Speaking of charm, the bookstore is just too sweet! Thank you o much for sharing with us – it was a delight to see such a wonderful place. And thank you for sharing with Roses of Inspiration.

      • It’s a bit of a work in progress at the moment Pam!! We are flying into Nice then travelling around a bit, just trying to decide (and agree) where exactly!! My husband and I went there about 15 years ago before our son was born, we now want to take him back there, but trickier trying to please 3 people with an itinerary!!

  3. Jann Olson says:

    Gorgeous! Pinning and this is a must visit for me. Love the colors and I agree that getting lost is so fun!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  4. Kris says:

    I was just here this past September and have many of the same pictures in my camera! The ochre building with all of the blue shutters and doors was one of my favorites, as well. The cemetery was also amazing. I’m not sure if you were able to see Tourette Sur Loup, but that was probably my favorite village. Provence is amazing – I can’t wait to go back! Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos!

    • Kris, thank you for reading and commenting! We certainly enjoyed Provence and hopefully we will go back one day. We did not visit the village you mentioned, maybe next time! Have a wonderful Sunday! Pam

  5. Kathy says:

    Thank you, Pam for taking us along on this beautiful trip – I’d love to visit! I will be featuring your post in this week’s Home and Garden Thursday,

  6. Oh, what memories you have brought back to me this morning. Provence is magical! Your photos are beautiful and you have captured the essence of Provence so well. What month were you there? I see leaves changing colors and you are wearing coats so maybe in the fall?
    I love coffee table traveling also and have stacks of books but I don’t have the ones you do.
    I love your french vignette on your lovely chest. Sunflowers and lavender speak to me.
    Check my sidebar for the Provence button and travel with me for a few posts. We would love to go back too. I’d stay all summer if I could.

  7. Wow! It really is like an artist’s pallet. Just stunning. And isn’t it nice how you were inspired to visit there after reading about it? Now you have inspired me so I must add it to my list! Thanks for linking up with me again. Enjoy your weekend!

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