A Village of Ochre

 Roussillon is a beautiful village to visit with some great architecture and shops. Most of the buildings are an ochre color-hues of yellow, rust, brown, pink and gold-and it is lovely to behold. Roussillon was the main place to mine ochre used in paint and to dye cloth until a synthetic way to produce the color was found. The earth and rocks surrounding the village are various shades of ochre and you can see where alot of mining has been done. They even sell the colored dirt in jars and you can use it to paint with.


Here is one of the cliffs seen from the village.


 This doorway is seen in many guide books of Provence. It has been freshly repainted from the old faded one that was there for years.


 This very nice lady is the artist of the posters you can see in front of her. She lives in the building where she sells her art. I have one of her posters framed on a wall. Most of them are of Provence and the Roussillon area but she has branched out into paintings of Paris. The one behind her is of les Deux Magots on Blvd St Germain. No posters of those yet but I will buy one when there is.


 A gate to a hill leading up to the chapel at the top and a very fabulous view.

9 thoughts to “A Village of Ochre”

  1. When I was there, there was a school group who had just toured the cliff area, and those kids were COVERED with the ochre: head to toe!

  2. Linda, your Provence photos are especially stunning. I haven’t been to Provence in years and am starting to feel the need to go there again. Hope you are having a great summer (though it’s not really summer yet). Ken

  3. If you are interested in Roussillon, you might read “Village in the Vaucluse” by Laurence Wylie. It’s a sociological study of post-WWII Roussillon, disguised under another name. One chapter in particular, about the hunting club meeting & the newspaper report of the meeting, is great reading.

  4. It is a lovely town – we had lunch there, on top of the hill – with some great ochre views!

    I know the lady is an artist, but any of your own photos would make a nice poster!

  5. Stunning place. Stunning photos. Wish I was there.
    Linda, have you been leaving comments for me recently. Reason I am asking is that there is not a link to reply. You may have purposed this of course, but then you may be unaware.
    Keep those photos coming.

  6. The nearby hills provide a variety of nautral pigments to mix with paint. The colors of the “dirt” is really something wild isn’t it.
    Of course the village is amazingly alive with color. Great views of the city of Ochre

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