If you will insist on having homemade apricot jam for breakfast in the Luberon, then you must go off to Roussillon (an apricot-colored town) immediately if not sooner.
I did go yesterday and am still reeling.
Roussillon is a hill town (village perché) set on cliffs of the most extraordinary colors and a huge source of earth colored pigments, raw and burnt sienna, ochres, umbers.
Roussillon is a commune in the Vauclusedepartment in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azurregion in southeastern France. Roussillon lies within the borders of theParc Naturel Régional du Luberon. In the French natural regional parks, new economic activities may be developed only if they are sustainable.It is noted for its largeochre deposits found in the clay surrounding the village. Ochres are pigments ranging from yellow and orange to red. One of the former ochre quarries can be visited via the "Sentier des Ocres" (Ochre Path), a walk of either 30 or 60 minutes through the old workings. Thank you Wikipedia.
The town is just as stunning
I was absolutely certain
I would find an outfit head-to-toe terra cotta
Even a terra cotta T-shirt that said,
"I HEART ROUSSILLON"
It doesn't exist.
Not even a scarf to speak of in these fabulous colors :(
By the way, if you see pigments on sale there labeled 'Apricot' do Not buy them. There is no such color except in makeup and wall paint etc.
Some watercolor sketches of Roussillon. This may become a print...if you'd like one, let me know.
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