Roussillon is a hill top village in Southern France. Well known for its red ochre rock formations, the area attracts tourists in droves during the hot summer months.
The tiny village was horrible to drive through. Approaching on foot was not an option. The narrow roads and tourists wandering around the car made our arrival in the beautiful village a touch frantic at times. Just parking the car was a great relief.
Roussillon is pretty and does a good job of marketing itself but other villages in the area were just as enjoyable and less trafficked.
We took the scenic route after leaving the Pont du Gard. The car’s built in navigation directed us along questionably narrow roads but rewarded us with fantastic views and stopping points as we idled along.
One highlight our guests had requested was to see lavender fields. We had previously researched the most likely locations but nevertheless were delighted when our research paid off.
Rows of lavender
Detail of lavender
During our travels we stopped alongside fields of cherries, lavender, and sunflowers.
Another festival of lights is over. We braved the cold and went out each evening to see a few exhibits in bite sized chunks. Unlike last year, our first festival, we did not try to see everything.
I took photos but point and shoot camera can not capture the spectacle well. I used two cameras this year. A sadly malfunctioning Sony HX20V and my robust but ageing Canon SX200IS. Neither excelled in the dim light.
I have found when the photos fail to delight, switch to capturing video. The video tends to provide a better feel for the event. The sound, however poor quality, adds an extra dimension and helps fill in the detail missing in the image.
Below are a few photos and the short film I put together.