Follow the ochre path

April 5, 2012 § 11 Comments

A place painted in ochre by nature. Roussillon, France. Aug 24, 2006.

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.

Parts of the yellow was so bright that it almost looks like gold. Roussillon, France. Aug 24, 2006.

The ochre path was a very easy trail. Roussillon, France. Aug 24, 2006.

Some rocks had curious holes and carving. Roussillon, France. Aug 24, 2006.

I loved the contrast between the red and green. Roussillon, France. Aug 24, 2006.

Some rocks looked like an abstract painting. Roussillon, France. Aug 24, 2006.

Best to do this walk: bare feet. Roussillon, France. Aug 24, 2006.

After a refreshing walk in this reddish yellow path, don’t forget to check out the village too!

Pretty little village on top of the cliff. Roussillon, France. Aug 24, 2006.

You won't miss this painting inside the village. Roussillon, France. Aug 24, 2006.

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