Road Trip 2018 - 4 / Vaucluse

The Vaucluse (lat. Vallis Clausa) is a department of the southern France Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, named after the famous spring the Fontaine de Vaucluse.

The rural roads in the Provence are narrow, winding up and down and mostly never straight and one hundred kilometers of driving (especially with our rented 8m long camping truck) can take two hours or more. The title picture above shows Colorado Provençal near the village of Rustrel. This landscape was formed by mining of ocher for color pigments, however the mining has nearly ceased as many colours are made synthetically nowadays. It is worth visiting this hot place with its erodes shapes and colour shades.

After visiting "Colorado" we headed on to our day target, the beautiful village Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, where the clear and cold (14°C) river Sorge arises from its spring at the end of the valley. The green vegatation under the surface of the slowly floating river makes it shine in a beautiful green in the sun.

The village spans across the river and road and houses are placed at both sides down the river.

The central village square lays about 500m downstream of the spring.

A local band ist playing oldies under the shadow of the sycamore trees around the village square.

A sycamore tree alley leads the visitors up to the fountain spring.

The last two pictures were taken near the spring and show the idyllic surrounding of the village, which is encircled by steep rock walls.