French villages  

Fontainebleau-Barbizon-Gorges d'Apremont


Well, Fontainebleau is in every travel books about France. Near Fontainebleau, there is a small tiny byut exquisite village called Barbizon. Barbizon has art galeries, refined culinary services, cobble-stone paved winding streets, several luxury hotels. From all this "civilization", nature is just at finger tips. If you walk down the main street of Barbizon, you can hike into the nearby forests, where you can see the historical seabed. I've been there a few times, the picture was me that had found the stairs the first time and was walking on it.  

The images are me above are the stairs that lead to the ancient seabed with beautiful historical rocks, some with beautiful forms and when I was among the stones. 




French Village 2 Roussillon

Among the many beautiful villages I still remember this one. There are many "Roussillon"s in France, need to find the right one on the GPS "Roussillon" in the "Vaucluse". It was tricky since there was another village under the same name, a banal one, not far from this one. 

French village 1 Aiguèze

Depuis la Révolution, qui lui fit perdre les terroirs des communes actuelles de Laval-Saint-Roman dans le Gard et de Saint-Martin-d'Ardèche en Ardèche, la commune est en grande partie constituée de bois et de garrigues en bordure du vaste plateau urgonien (altitude moyenne 300 à 400 m) que trouent les gorges de l'Ardèche : toute la moitié sud du canyon est sur son territoire. Le village qui, vu de l'Ardèche côté nord, est en raide surplomb sur la rivière, se trouve en fait dans une légère combe, sur une faille propice aux sources ou résurgences - d'où son nom qui rappelle l'eau, aigo. Une étroite paroi calcaire verticale exhausse le bord de la falaise et a permis l'installation précoce d'une forteresse (restes de donjon et de tour des xie et xiie siècles dominant au sud le village, au nord toute la perspective de fin de l'Ardèche jusqu'au Rhône et au mont Ventoux). J'ai déjà visité ce village plusieurs fois et je l'adore toujours. 


Village 3 Baux De Provence

Les Baux-de-Provence is in the Bouches-du-Rhône department of the province of Provence in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southern France. It has a spectacular position in the Alpilles mountains, set atop a rocky outcrop that is crowned with a ruined castle overlooking the plains to the south. It has been named one of the most beautiful villages in France and has over 1.5 million visitors per year although it has only 22 residents in the upper part of the commune and 436 for the whole commune. There's always a lot of wind before entering the inner side of the ancient town.