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  • Town hall square.
    Town hall square.
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  • Ocre cliff with St Saturnin on the hillside.
    Ocre cliff with St Saturnin on the...
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  • Part of the cliff on the ocre trail.
    Part of the cliff on the ocre trail.
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    The belfry from town hall square. 4 more images

    by pfsmalo Written Oct 21, 2013

    From the town hall square just behind the bell tower walk up through the arch for a fine view across the plain to Mont Ventoux and other hilltop villages. A little further up is the church of St Michel, whose origons date back to the XIth c. The facade today is from the 17th.
    This only a short climb but on cobbles, so be wary if wet.

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    The arch known as 4 more images

    by pfsmalo Written Oct 21, 2013

    Likened to the vermillion cliffs and hoodoos of S-W Utah without the size, but having the same colours. Running from a pure white through to almost a scarlet tint. Used mainly since the 18th c for dyes and tints, the ocre is mixed also into the plaster for the walls of the houses, giving a fine mixture of different tints to the walls. We were probably here too early (around 13.00 to 15.00) for the best light, but some of the colours are quite sensationnal and difficult to reproduce correctly on a photo.

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    This became several paintings 3 more images

    by painterdave Updated Jan 29, 2007

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    There's not a whole lot of things to do in Roussillon except look and eat. As I walked by the outdoor cafes I noticed that the food looked well prepared and that people were smiling. We were picnicing while I took advantage of less people walking the streets.
    You can walk around and through this village in several hours, if you don't go in too many shops. They have some very nice shops and you will find many artists selling their work.
    I would suggest that you arrive here early in the morning. The light is not so harsh and the buildings will look even more enchanting.

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    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Road Trip

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