Nearly a thousand shades of stunning siennas, russets and vermilions. Vibrant persimmons and tangerines. Soft ochers and mustards. Are you thoroughly enticed? Crisp bleu skies. A surrounding forest of rich, emerald green pine trees that sets everything on fire right before your eyes. Bon jour Roussillon!
Roussillon is a gorgeous little village nestled amongst the blues, greens and lavenders of the Luberon. Narrow, colorful streets are perfect for strolling or to pick out some of the natural pigment paint that makes this town famous. A tour of the ocher quarry, Sentier des Ocres, gets you close and dirty with those permanent colors.
Feeling a bit peckish? How about lavande glacé? It tastes as good as it is pretty!
Depending on the time of day, you might see those deep vermillion colors soaked into the old buildings. After an afternoon rainstorm perhaps.
Note the 19th-century clock and bell tower with its ornate campanile de fer forgé (wrought-iron belfry). Known throughout the Luberon and Provence, they were created to withstand that pesky Le Mistral with her gusty and continuous winds that blow and blow through the region.
In the bright noon day sun, you might see those lovely subdued ochers. (Especially if you come back the next day to see the sun after the rain!)
A climb to the top of the village will allow you to take in those thousand shades…
However, those thousand shades seem to change from hour to hour or season to season. That means you have to visit again and again…!