This posting is about three small towns all of which are tourist destinations for different reasons. L’Isle Sur La Sorgue is the closest to where we are staying and is a cute town with a small river (the Sorgue) running through it. There are more ice cream shops than banks and it attracts attention for having a great daily market but the thing that gets the most attention is a once a week antiques market that we avoided. Roussillon is a charming hill town whose buildings are all ochre colored because it is where ochre has been mined since ancient times. There are many galleries and shops where you can buy all kinds of artist pigments. The third town is St. Remy en Provence and its claim to fame is the asylum where Vincent van Gogh spent time and from where he painted many of his most well known works (more on him later).
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Thanks for the great pictures and history. What a treat. The historic district of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico was traditionally painted in different natural shades of ochre. It is still part of the “building codes” today. Travel safely.