French Country Travel Life Village Encore – Part Two can be enjoyed without first reading PART ONE. But, skimming that scribble might actually add to the French Village Vibe. Your call.
After leaving Gordes(see why part one could be helpful?) and continuing east, you will, in short order be viewing a village suffused with an unimaginable rainbow of color. Mostly Ochre. (uh..that would be red/orange?) These fab colors, the result of a combination of oxides, make Roussillon some serious eye candy. Which, bien sur, means “Photo Op” Big time! (DA BG has profited from them many times)
There is a legend (what Time would call: unverified reports from usually reliable sources) regarding how the rocks of Roussillon got their magical pre-kodachrome colors. It’s a tad on the gory side, but it involves the son of Nostradamus (remember him from part one?),Sermonde, wife of the notorious bad guy oppressor of his people, Raimond, Seigneur of Roussillon. (ie -big man on campus) and a young troubadour. The locals will surely regale you with the details at the drop of the slightest hint.
As it’s the second most visited village in these here parts after Gordes, Roussillon IS in all the “must-see-beautiful-villages”guidebooks. That notwithstanding, if you visit off-season, you and the 1300 or so locals should have plenty of space to do your own thing. Which should include checking out the gastronomy(that’s “fancy grub”) and arts and crafty offerings. Of which there be plenty.
THROW ME A BONE HERE, PEOPLE!
What are ya thinkin’?