If you’re interested in visiting Provence, then you’ve probably heard of the French village of Roussillon, or at least seen photos of it. It’s instantly recognizable by its houses, painted like an artist’s pallet from the pigments of the old ochre quarry that sits adjacent to the village. A glory of red, yellow, orange and pink façades.
As we walk down the Rue de la République toward the Avignon Central Train station, the air is cool and crisp. We snuggle into our winter coats to keep warm. Christmas lights are strung over the road and as we pass several bakeries the smell is intoxicating. The early morning sky is lit with red and orange as we stand on the platform where we will catch the shuttle train to the TGV station on the outskirts of town, where our rental car waits. The ride from the central station to the TGV is quick – 10 minutes at most. Outside the front of the shining post-modern train station are several rental car companies. We’ve arranged a car with Europcar today – a cute little Renault Twingo. We’re excited to visit 4 of the most beautiful villages in Provence.