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

The first one is Aiguèze is a medieval village. The 14th century fort has a watchpath which provides fine views of the entrance to the Ardèche Gorges.
The origins of the parish church are Romanesque; a Renaissance doorway was removed in the 19th century. The interior was restored at the beginning of the 20th century with decor donated in 1910 by the Archbishop of Rouen, primate of Normandy, a native of the village. The church has been a listed monument historique since 1993. Including the church, the commune has five sites recorded in the French Ministry of Culture list of historic sites. I visited this one a few times and I still found it beautiful. 

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.