Photographer's Note

Tourrettes-sur-Loup is a beautiful medieval village, situated 20kms (12mi) west of Nice and at the same distance from Vence as the more popular St.Paul. It is perched on an outcrop extending from very rocky hills, surrounded by a superb landscape and with a gorge of a small stream deep below the high wall of houses built along its ramparts.

Because this was once a fortified village and the old arched passages remain, through the wall of houses, in only three places into the old part of the village. This is where you find the 'Grand Rue' with artists' workshops and galleries. And the three most salient elements of old villages in Provence: Pétangue, bouvoir and lavoir [the boule court, the old drinking troughs and the laundry basin].

It is also known as 'Cité des Violettes' ['Violet village'], because for over a century this shy pretty flower has been grown here. Even today it's one of the main activities and the flower is honored on the first Sunday in March each year with a flower festival

In 1982, a bureaucratic error somewhere lost an 's', making the official name Tourrette-sur-Loup. However the villagers and the municipality voted to ignore that and still use the 'real' name.

At the far right side of the image you're able to see smoke coming from a fire mentioned and shown in a previous posting.

This is the third attempt to upload this my first panorama image!

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