First published: 03-Jan-2012
I was away to the Netherlands and France for 2.5 weeks over Christmas and New Year. The Hague was a race against the clock to see everyone and do some stuff, but France was a bit more relaxed. One of my brothers lives in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon. I had not been there for five years and had forgotten how beautiful the Provence is. Avignon is ever impressive with the ‘Pont d’Avignon’ and Mont Ventoux in the background, the city wall and the ‘Palais des Papes’ towering over the city centre.
I did some photography in the garden, mainly insects and leaves. It was sunny and I was enjoying the fact that it was light from 8-5.30 or so. In Inverness it’s more like 9-3.30 on the darkest days of winter. New years day was an incredible 17˚C, gorgeous.
I went into Villeneuve one afternoon to do some photography and we went to Sénanque and Roussillon for a day. I have only seen Sénanque Abbey in summer with all the lavender fields surrounding it. Very much different in the middle of winter. It’s in a valley and the sun hardly hits the abbey. There had been frost at night and it looked very bleak. I quite liked the cold look about it.
We drove on past the picturesque town of Gordes to Roussillon, where we visited the ‘Sentier des Ocres’ (Ochres Path). They used to mine these red-yellow pigmented rock, but now it is only a tourist attraction. Some lovely shapes and colours. I really missed my tripod in Sénanque and Roussillon, but unfortunately my suitcase was already too full.