After inadvertently going for a three-hour hike in the country after our run this morning, we finally got out and into Fontaine-de-Vaucluse just in time for lunch. This is the spot where the River Sorgue finds it way to the surface as a mighty spring and meanders its way downstream from the rocky cliffs. And it was here, where the crystal-clear spring is backed into the cliffs, that we found restaurant Philip, and I had one of my all-time favorite dishes cooked to near perfection – Cuisses de Grenouilles sautéed in a very light batter with lots of garlic and parsley, and washed down with a chilled rosé.
Le Village Perché de Roussillon
The perched village of Roussillon sits in a valley of the world’s biggest vein of ochre, the reddish pigment of which is used throughout the picturesque village in all of the buildings, pottery, and even in the gravestones.
Le Sentier des Ocres
A hike along the Ochre Trail will reveal many fantastic and strange rock & cliff formations brought about as a result of ochre mining and the erosion caused by it. From the Sentier, you will also take with you a lot of fine red sand in your skin, your shoes, your clothes. Be careful not to wear anything very light colored, unless you don’t mind a new reddish hue.