|Painting below Mt. St. Victoire|
Mt. St. Victoire rises from the otherwise low hills and is like a beacon for miles. When driving into Aix, it will suddenly appear, stricken by light, or as a husky darkened form contrasted by the glow of the morning sky. Often I gasp, as it's majesty surprises me over and over....as it makes itself known repeatedly....
|Just wanted to prove that Frank is not exaggerating the light!|
|Painting in process....|
On a weekend drive over the Luberon Mountains we visited Fort Buoux near Apt and Bonnieux. The magnificent ruins provided 360 views and signs of ancient life, including sarcophagi dating back to the 9th century, it was great to wander and wonder. At the top are deep trenches, vaulted cisterns (minus the tops), and other signs of building, both of shaped stone and carved in the solid rock itself. The view from the end, out over the deep valleys is magnificent and one of us couldn't handle the vertical drop which was severe and gut wrenching. We descended on a "secret set of stairs" which were utilized during attacks. Unbelievably steep and slippery, we could barely handle rambling down, and imagined how people under siege might retreat in full armor, with weapons or holding children!
|Family hike up to the Fort Buoux in the Luberon|
|Very well intact ruins...fun to imagine who what when and how|
|View down to the Aiguebrun River from Fort Buoux|
|Standing above the trenches|
Happy to find the field of daisies on the way up!
|Secret Staircase for hasty retreats|
|You want us to walk down THERE? it was steeper than it looks. I was looking for a belay rope!|
|At the tip top...don't look over the edge!|
|Back in Rognes...where we have our own set of impressive ruins!|
|Something the Fort didn't provide....lovely outdoor cafe in the brilliant |
winter sun! Drinking coffee at Le Rancard, Rognes, France.