Colorado de Rustrel. Mick Jagger.

Overnight in the Colorado  de Rustrel car park.

Overnight in the Colorado de Rustrel car park.

We drove about 10 km to the north of Apt to stay at Rustrel, at the recommendation of the girl in the reception at Camping Luberon.

Chateau at Rustrel

Chateau at Rustrel

Rustrel is a small hillside village, with the requisite chateau, in this case 17th century, overlooking the colourful cliffs which provided employment for generations of iron ore and ochre miners. The walk through the colourful landscape now generates a tourist income.

Path to the Ochre Walk.

Path to the Ochre Walk.








Hot Dogs

Hot Dogs

Aqueduct..Much water was needed to wash the ochre from the sand.

Aqueduct..Much water was needed to wash the ochre from the sand.



La Rinsoulette

La Rinsoulette

It was a hot walk…the last section through acres of sun-baked sand was called ‘The Sahara’…and there was a small café towards the end of the walk, well placed to resuscitate the walkers.



Alastair Merry

Alastair Merry

We got talking to the delightful Alastair Merry, from Avignon. An interesting life…He studied architecture at Magdalene College, Cambridge, worked as an architect for 10 years or so around the world then changed track into the world of music, meeting Mick Jagger along the way. He started a band..Blancheval…and also plays as a one man band.

Rambling about Europe with the Kray Twins (Colin and Penny).

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2 comments on “Colorado de Rustrel. Mick Jagger.
  1. crbtaylor says:

    I really don’t know how you manage to find so many stunning places to stay, but whats happened to the map and co ordinates?

    • Yes…wifi has been a bit thin recently and its a mission on google maps to get the coordinates without a good connection. They will reappear! We are not moving very far between stops at the moment.

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