29 Dec Provence: Roussillon
I flipped through coffee table books in bookstores and read a lot about French cats, but so far I had not seen any in Provence. While I started wondering why, I finally spotted feline in Roussillon. They were napping at the door front, under cars…walking down the narrow streets. So darn cute to look at!
It’s about 2 hour drive from Valensole to Le Coquillade, the hotel in Gargas we were staying then another 20mins drive to Roussillon. It situated right in the heart of Luberon and many tourists would plan their trip to Gordes and Roussillon on the same day. No free street parking we could find but it’s not difficult to find pay parking (€2) close to the town centre.
The best time of the day to tour this little charming village is around sunset when the sunlight strikes on the cliffs and reflects the vibrant natural colours from ochre. Ochre is the natural pigment made of minerals that form the soil and landscape of Roussillon. The colours can range from yellow to violet but most likely you will spot orange and red. The town was not big and only took us about an hour or so to walk around. You’ll find artisan pottery shops and studios for souvenirs and just even window shopping along the medieval streets. We sat on the patio in a small restaurant for dinner overlooking the gorgeous red cliffs. The food was not exceptionally great, but yes with Rose wine and Lavender creme brûlée…I was very satisfied with my meal after all.
We didn’t spend a lot of time in this village but we had a very pleasant experience. I loved how quiet it was and how friendly the locals we met there. We were taking photos of the landscape and were kindly invited by a French gentlemen to his house and said he got the best view in town. It’s not about how much time we spent that matters the most, it’s about the experience we had.