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Roussillon

326Roussillon is an incredibly picturesque Luberon village and classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France.

As you walk through the village you will see the clock tower and its campanile, the vestiges of the ramparts, the remains of the 10th century castle, narrow cobblestone streets, squares and vaulted passageways, and lovely 17th & 18th century homes with ochre washed facades & tiled roofs.

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333Roussillon was long specialised in the mining of the natural pigments contained in the ochre lands – and only stopped in 1945 with the advent of synthetic products.

Next to the village there is an ochre path through the heart of the old ochre quarries, where you can appreciate the great beauty and many shades of the ochre colours contrasted against the green pine trees and intense blue skies.

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You can also explore the history of the ochre mines by visiting the “Conservatoire des Ocres et des Couleurs” set up in a former ochre factory just outside the village, where you can learn all about the use of ochres, and take part in classes.

 

Roussillon has many restaurants from simple cafes to high end fine dining with views of the ochre cliffs. Most restaurants are clustered around the square near the top of the village and the picturesque mairie and clock tower. There is also a great ice cream and sandwich shop “Côté Sucré Salé”, just as you start walking up the hill towards the ochre quarry and cemetery. You can sit on the wall overlooking the ochre cliffs with your ice cream, or take your sandwich into the quarry, where there are a few small picnic areas.

8465-terraceWhere to stay in Roussillon:  In the heart of the village, Maison Jolie is an exceptional and very well appointed vacation rental house with 3 bedrooms & bathrooms, wonderful views, a heated pool, surrounded by terraces, luxury amenities, and lots of charm. The house is characterized by large rooms with typical, warm Provencal decoration, including a vaulted ceiling kitchen with an antique oak table. The house is elevated and the terrace is up one floor from the street level, so it is a private and calm space with magnificent views of the Mont Ventoux, the vineyards of the Luberon valley, and the ochre cliffs of Roussillon.

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Contact http://www.francebound.net for reservations.

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The Luberon region of Provence

The gorgeous sunny and warm weather has continued throughout our visit to Provence. The temperatures have been in the low 20’s C during the day, although at the end of October we are now beginning to feel the cooler air in the mornings, late in the day, and evenings.

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We are now in the Luberon region of Provence – a spectacular area with its countryside filled with vineyards and olive groves, and picturesque perched villages with stunning views. The incredible luminosity and warm colours have long attracted artists, writers and visitors to the Luberon, which boasts 5 villages classified as the most beautiful villages in France.  The perched villages of  Gordes, Roussillon,  Bonnieux, Lacoste, Menerbes are designated, and Ansouis and Lourmarin are also worthy contenders.

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Warm Provencal coloured houses, time-worn stone buildings, shady squares, ancient fountains, and seemingly eternal sunshine come together in charming hilltop villages, which beckon visitors to relax and drink in the beauty, the lifestyle, and the history that have shaped the architecture and the people.

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The Luberon is also an area of lush vegetation with beautiful vineyards, orchards and gardens throughout the countryside, and gorgeous produce fill the market stalls throughout the seasons, including strawberries, asparagus, cherries, melons, figs, apricots, muscat grapes, garlic, black truffles, olives, aromatic herbs and more!

During our stay in the Luberon, we will visit villages, markets, restaurants and vacation rentals in Ansouis, Cucuron, Lourmarin, Menerbes, Goult, Bonnieux, Gordes, Roussillon and more. 276

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