One of the major attractions of the area of Provence is its hilltop villages.
Gordes is a major one so we thought we should begin our exploration with it.
We've learnt the wisdom of grabbing a car park just outside the village and walking in and we followed that plan today.
The whole village is constructed in imposing grey stone and at the very top is a very impressive fortification.
Tiny winding alleyways meander down the hill from the castle- all constructed from the same dark grey stone.
The approach to Gordes didn't seem very steep but looking out over the surrounding countryside you realise what a strategic position it occupies and the view over the surrounding area is spectacular.
We wandered and climbed on a perfect sunny day
So far the weather has been wonderful- warm and sunny , about 26 C.
After a bite of lunch- a grande salade- we drove on to Roussillon, names for the red soil which characterises this very pretty village.
There are several views of the red cliffs of the area, lovely amongst the green vegetation.
and look at the colour it brings to the village !
Everything in this village is coloured. No dull, drab grey here.
Red rocks, red mortar, rust coloured painted buildings.
All set off with green vegetation and even a scattering of colourful flowers have survived the hot, hot Summer.
It's no wonder that this area is a Mecca for artists, there is so much inspiration everywhere.
We have chosen a great time to visit as the crowds that flock to this area have gone now and the tourist numbers are very pleasant. Just enough people around to keep the shops and cafes buzzing but always room for you to grab a table, or a yummy gelato and sit at a table or on a stone wall and ponder how lucky you are to be experiencing it all.