Seeing Red

As fans of classic black & white musical movies like Singing in the Rain. Lesley & I have concluded that the yellow roads on the Michelin paper maps represent the Yellow Brick Road… And although neither of us are into astrology but based on our birth dates we are both ‘Leo’s’ and therefore: lions. So given the chance we’ll cautiously follow these squiggly, often picturesque routes, but so far, although we’ve met a few strange characters… we haven’t yet met Dorothy Scarecrow or the Tin Man, we are trying to be brave, but it is a bit scary….

Follow the yellow brick road

Following the Yellow Brick Road today has lead us to Collonges la Rouge, which is strangely red or at least the building are!

If you’ve been following this blog you’re probably read (and I certainly hope taken note of?) how many of the plus beau village de France we have visited on our tour. Well this village is where it all started. In 1982, the mayor of Collonges-la-Rouge, started an association to promote and protect France’s most beautiful villages. And some say this place is still the most beautiful.

It’s all in the awe sorry ore. The luscious red stone buildings of Collonges-la-Rouge owe their hue to the 2.2 percent iron oxide contained in the local sandstone, which a bit of wikipedia research revealed that it’s the level of iron oxide which produces the colour red.

Marvellous

The charms of this little town extend well beyond colour. The pepper mill towers with their grey tiled roofs, which adorn this prettiest of villages and contribute to the unique architectural richness of this place. Disney would have turned it into a tourist honey pot I’m sure (is that me being cynical again?)

Just the coach driver in the picture!

Once again we’re here out of season so it’s still possible to take a picture without the entire contents of the coach trip from the nearby Brive WI all wanting to be in the shot.

Having stayed in the nearby aire overnight to be here before the masses, we needn’t have bothered, as the rains last night would have put off all but most dedicated most beautiful village fans. Luckily for us the rains cleared for our visit and restarted as we returned to the van, but as can be seen from these images we struggled with the light balance. The alternative is to come in the height of summer then wait till you get home and airbrush out the hordes!

Right better dash… it’s starting to ran, and we’re off to see the wizard.

“Doo-dloo-doo-doo-dooDoo-dloo-doo-doo-doo-doo, I’m singing in the rain. Just singing in the rain, What a glorious feelin’ I’m happy again…..”

Toodle Pip

Dave & Lesley

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