Tuesday, June 26, 2007

South of France, 1985

Many years ago, the municipal camping in Orange used to be on top of the hill in which the Romans had dug out the theatre they built. Every year the city of Orange organizes an opera festival, the Chorégies d'Orange. Before the festival started, rehearsals could be enjoyed for free from the top of the hill, a short walk from the camping site; the opera in the dark, hot summer nights was magical. Talk about acoustics!

Orange, very centrally located, was the perfect starting point for day trips. A drive along the Ardèche river is almost compulsory. Unfortunately, the whole area is very touristy and the villages are mostly tourist traps, but the nature is of course very impressive.

While driving around Southern France, you can spot the oker and red colour in the soil. It is the bauxite, an aluminium ore first discovered near Les Baux de Provence. While driving on some back roads, we came across this old bauxite mine with the most beautiful colours.