Follow the ochre path
April 5, 2012 § 11 Comments
This is one of the places that always pop up in my head. Located in Provence in the south-eastern France, Roussillon is a village with rich ochre pigment deposits, which turns the clay in the area into a vibrant range of reds and yellows. Mining of ochres was huge in the past when there were high demands for the pigments from the textile industry. The color of the land here was so saturated, when I first saw it, I thought something was wrong with my eyes.
We drove up to the village, had some fresh salad for lunch and then headed to “The Ochre Path”. It was one of the old quarries. As I visited during the high season, there were lots of visitors around. Lots of children were running around, playing with the clay soil and even putting some on their face. We were all enchanted by the rich colour here and everyone had fun getting a bit dirty here. I took my shoes off, and walked bare foot on the clay. It was so soft as if I was walking on some cocoa powder.
After a refreshing walk in this reddish yellow path, don’t forget to check out the village too!