After the whirlwind preparing the Owner’s Suite for the Riviera’s Christening cruise from Monte Carlo, I was elated to spend a day in picturesque Provence. We toured through Marseille, a historic area often referred to as the oldest city in France, as well as the small villages of Lourmarin, Roussillon and Gordes.
Lourmarin is one of the iconic medieval villages with its Renaissance chateau and lovely patina, while Roussillon is known for its ochre hills where they “mine” the ochre that colors the buildings in town. Gordes is built on rock, and has wonderful mortar-free stone walls that look impressively scenic.
As always, I took photos of the signature details, so often where design inspiration strikes…
Market morning in Marseille
Architectural detail in Lourmarin
Café seating in Lourmarin
A shop in Lourmarin
A private artist garden in Roussillon visible by a rooftop restaurant
Ochre-colored shutters in Roussillon
Subtle tones of grey and brown stonework against the familiar pale blue shutters in Gordes
My thanks to Oceania for this lovely port of call along the Riviera‘s christening voyage.
Photos by Susan Bednar Long