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No. 125: Roussillon

luberon_mapThe stunning village of Roussillon is located in Languedoc-Roussillon, the southernmost region of France, about 10 km northwest of Apt, just a bit north between Avignon and Apt.

En fait this hamlet is so picturesque, it is considered one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France. Set outside an emerald pine forest on bright red-ocre hills, Roussillon is known for its clay-colored rooftops and structures, narrow medieval streets, handsome doors, colorful shutters and of course, great wine. It is a teeny village, but the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon with girlfriends exploring, eating fabulous fresh food, and sharing a bottle, or two, of Côtes de Luberon on a sun-kissed balcony. It’s also a wonderful place to stop on a romantic holiday with your hubby as you tour this spectacular region in early summer…hint, hint, Superman..

The Sentier des Ocres, or Ochre Trail, also known as the Giants’ Causeway, is an otherworldly natural park (and national treasure) of red cliffs and gorgeous sandy trails just beside Roussillon. For this western girl it’s a happy reminder, albeit on a small scale, of Canyon Lands and Arches National Park. A hike through the park is two very well spent hours among God’s southwestern canvas. A word of warning: so touchable is the reddish-orange sand, the kid-at-heart would be wise to take an extra set of clothing, or at least an extra pair of shoes, to change into as ocres stains are not so easy to wash out.

Roussillon

Kudos to the lovely Pascale Moreau for sharing this beautiful photo (above) from our girls’ weekend in and around Languedoc-Roussillon.

And one last interesting fact for my book club friends, Samuel Beckett lived in this terra-cotta town for a couple of years and references Roussillon in Waiting for Godot.

On the way to Roussillon...

On the way to Roussillon…

Vocabulaire

en fait: in fact

Plus Beaux Villages de France: (one of the) Most Beautiful Villages in France

Sentier des Ocre: Ochre Trail

 

9 Comments Post a comment
  1. True
    Can’t wait for our house to look as pretty as one of these hahaha!

    January 29, 2014
  2. I love this whole area all the way over to the coast- although that gets a little crowed and some bits remind me of FL in the 80’s.

    January 30, 2014
  3. Wow! Looks like Italy and Utah combined. Can’t wait to get there one day. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    February 1, 2014
  4. suespix #

    These are my fave Aussie landscape colours!!! (Check the “red country” category in my blog) But it’s definitely not an Aussie village! … I WANT!!!!

    February 8, 2014
  5. I’ve been to the region number of times, but never in Roussillon … The next time then 🙂 and thank you for the lovely suggestion!

    August 8, 2014

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