Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

The bridge over the Adou in the center of the village

The bridge over the Adou in the center of the village

On July 13, 2014, on my way to the Plateau de Valensole to photograph the lavender fields, I decided to stop in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, a village on the western end of the Gorges du Verdon. I had not been there since December of 2001, and so it seemed about time to visit again, have a coffee and a croissant, and why not, take a new batch of photographs to redo our old web page about the place.

Moustiers-Sainte-Marie is most famous for its "faïence" (earthenware, though the term doesn't really do justice to the beautiful work that is reminiscent of Dutch and English fine china). Indeed, it can safely be said that between the middle of the 17th and the end of the 19th century, the name of the village was synonymous with the best "faïence" in the world.

To get a better impression of how the village is laid out, you can view a village map, courtesy of the office of tourism. A great deal more information is available on the official web site of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie.

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View from the parking lot where I left the car Walking into town

View from the parking lot where I left the car

Walking into town


Heading towards the 'Avenue Lerins' The bridge over the Adou 'Rue de la Diane'

Heading towards the Avenue Lerins

The bridge over the Adou

Rue de la Diane


Crossing the bridge Restaurant 'La Cascade'

Crossing the bridge

Restaurant La Cascade


Newsstand on the 'Place du Couvent' 'Place Chevalier de Blacas'

Newsstand on the Place du Couvent

Place Chevalier de Blacas


'Place Pomey' 'Rue de la Clappe' Side street to the 'Place de l'Eglise'

Place Pomey

Rue de la Clappe

Side street to the Place de l'Eglise


Water fountain on the 'Place de l'Eglise' View from the 'Place de l'Eglise'

Water fountain on the Place de l'Eglise

View from the Place de l'Eglise


The Adou Upper part of the 'Rue de la Bourgade'

The Adou

Upper part of the Rue de la Bourgade


One can buy touristy knickknacks... ...and clothes in many shops.

One can buy touristy knickknacks...

...and clothes in many shops.


Hotel and restaurant 'Le Relais' Restaurant 'La Treille Muscate'

Hotel and restaurant Le Relais

Restaurant La Treille Muscate


Blue door on the 'Rue de la Clappe' Upper part of the 'Rue de la Clappe'

Blue door on the Rue de la Clappe

Upper part of the Rue de la Clappe


The church tower Lower part of the 'Rue de la Clappe' Steps to the 'Place de l'Eglise'

The church tower

Lower part of the Rue de la Clappe

Steps to the Place de l'Eglise


'Place Pomey' 'Place Pomey'

Place Pomey

Place Pomey


Crossing the bridge again 'Rue de la Bourgade'

Crossing the bridge again

Rue de la Bourgade


View across the river to the 'Place du couvert' Looking towards the 'Plateau de Valensole'

View across the river to the Place du couvert

Looking towards the Plateau de Valensole

The photos on this page were taken on July 13, 2014.

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