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The Hills Are Alive ... With Ochre

Posted By: Gail Eichenthal · 3/19/2013 10:24:00 AM

Gail is traveling through France with a KUSC tour group. Right now they're in Provence. Click here for photos of their stop in Avignon.

 

 

In the late afternoon we took a brief ride on our tour bus to the village of Roussilon in the Luberon, not far from Avignon. Roussilon is known for its one-of-a-kind ochre quarries and cliffs, which, in various shades, color the windswept homes and shops, too.

 

 

The ochre colors the buildings in a myriad of shades. In  Roussilon, you can even learn about the process at a "Conservatoire of Ochre and Applied Materials", situated in an old ochre factory.

 

Rain constantly threatened, and often arrived, accompanied by whipping mountain winds. But there were unmistakable signs spring is not far away here in the Rhone Valley.

 

Next up, the other Pope's Palace, and lunch fit for a prince...or 30 princes!

 

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