Provence: Roussillon

Wednesday, 17 September 2014


It doesn't get much prettier than this place. The Provence village of Roussillon is built atop an old ochre quarry, which is where most of the buildings and cobbled streets get their beautiful rust colour from. Pair that with blue, green and yellow shutters and you've got a fairy tale of a place filled with ice-cream colours - the houses do look good enough to eat. 

Our trusty Lonely Planet recommended we get there early or late to avoid the midday crowds, so we arrived around 5pm, which was spot on. The main streets were still quite filled, but when we wandered off into the hidden streets and alleyways, we almost felt alone. We didn't venture into the quarry as I stupidly wore a white vintage skirt and espadrilles, but for a nominal fee you can explore it on foot; the shortest track is around half an hour.  


18 comments :

  1. Stunning photos! I just love all of the colors!

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    1. Thanks Monika, and for your comment! xx

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  3. Oh! I was there at Christmas, so stunning. And very reminiscent of Australia, it was a bit eerie.

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    1. Yes beautiful isn't it. I'm yet to go to Australia, but I need to! Thanks for your comment Ellie! xx

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  4. looks fantastic, shame about the white skirt preventing the quarry visit. mooxxxx

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  5. oh, the colors ! so gorgeous !

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    1. Yes it really was beautiful! Thanks for your comment! xx

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  6. These colors reflect the south of France so much !

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    1. Thanks for you comment Meggan ;) glad you like them!

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  7. I love Provence, the colours are incredible. I have so many great holiday memories there from when I was a child. As always, your photos are breathtaking! I’m so glad you enjoyed your time in the region :) xx

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    1. Thanks for your comment Valerie! Yes it was so wonderful and I'm so glad you like the photos! xx

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  8. I love these photos! My fiancé and I will be taking my parents down to Provence this November after our civil ceremony (it will be a sort of parent-moon!) and Roussillon will be one of our stops. I love Provence and try to go there every year; it's simply stunning. Your photos make me look forward to it even more!

    Milsters Mac
    (fromthefifthcorner.com)

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    1. Thanks for your comment! That's so exciting, you will love Roussillon, it was definitely one of my favourite villages there - just so different from the others. Enjoy and congratulations xx

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