We took ourselves off to Vaison-le-Romaine which is widely recognised as one of the best preserved Roman sites in Southern Europe. A late start compounded by business in nearby Carpentras and then negotiating our way out of Carpentras (even the GPS gets confused in that city – why it is the only city in France with bad signage, no one knows!), saw us picnic on the way there and finding the roads in the village still closed from market day. Consequently we were unable to go to the Roman section of the village but found the medieval part which we had never seen before. What a revelation! Echoes of St Paul-de-Vence, it is a place to come back to when the weather improves.

The Chateau perched on top of the medieval village

 

There she is – in all her glory

 

 

The Michelin Guide tells us thus – “Vaison is comprised of an upper medieval town and a lower town of Roman and modern origin, both built on either side of the River Ouvèze. Its rich past will enchant all those who love historical places, with its vast field of ancient ruins, Romanesque cathedral, old village and castle.”

 

The cliffs at the back of the medieval village and an ancient aquaduct

 

Apparently, the Romans were able to build their 15ha village/town in the valley as they were in no danger of being attacked. However, in medieval times, Vaison was atacked regualrly and the inhabitants moved up on to the hill and created a traditional village perche.

 

Really old and just a little bit old.

 

War memorial at the entrance to the medieval town

Comments

2 Responses to “A Week in Provence Winter 2012 [3]”

  1. madame on December 30th, 2012 10:16 pm

    I want it 🙂
    xxxx

  2. Kyle Anderson on December 31st, 2012 8:42 pm

    Beautiful art on the building! And great signage to go with it.

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