This week, as a break from their intensive French studies, AUCP students took off to discover first-hand the architectural harmony of the legendary hilltop villages of Provence. In company of Pamela Morton, artist and art historian, they walked the cobblestone streets of these medieval strongholds, perched high on hilltops and out of reach from the numerous invaders that also coveted this region of France in ancient times.
The villages were so quaint and calm. It felt like walking around in a postcard. But my favorite part of the day was in Roussillon, when we hiked in the ocre quarries. The colors of the ocre were surprising, they almost don’t seem natural. And, we learned that the village was built using the local ocre as to color the façades. – Sarika Pandrangi, Yale University