France: Department of Vaucluse (2015 and 2017)


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(May 2015) Mt. Ventoux (bald-summit mountain) with the Gorge of the Nesque River in the forefront:

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(May 2015) Vaison-la-Romaine:

- Medieval city on limestone hill above the Ouzeve River.



- Roman bridge, perhaps the world′s oldest bridge still used by cars.



(May 2015) Le Crestet: Small medieval village perched on a crest at the northern end of the Dentelles de Montmirail, near Vaison-la-Romaine.



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(May 2015) Senanque: Cistercian Abbey (12th century).







(May 2015) Gordes: Village perched on the southern edge of the Monts du Vaucluse, dominated by its 12th-century castle.



(May 2017) Crillon-le-Brave: Ruled by a long line of dukes until the French Revolution, the village is named after the most famous of these dukes, Le Brave Crillon (1541-1615), who was one of Henri IV′s most valiant generals during the French Wars of Religions in the 16th century.







(May 2017) Modene:

- Entry gate into the old village with campanile (bell tower) on the left and Church Notre-Dame-de Liesse on the right.


- Fountain and communal wash house behind it.


(May 2017) Caromb:



- Romanesque church (Saint Maurice) erected in the 14th century.



- Left: Porte du Rieu, the old arched entry gate (with Caromb′s coat of arms above the arch) that gives access to the old core of the village. Center and right: The Beffroi (belfry) erected in the 16th century and its iron campanile added in 1787 (because the villagers complained that they could not hear the bell located inside the tower).


- La Grand Rue, the main street across the old village.


- Left: 14th century fountain in the Place du Chateau (unfortunately the former castle that gives its name to the square was destroyed in 1792). Right: Entry door of an old residence with a beautifully carved stone frame.



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