Moustiers 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.
Today, the charm of Moustiers lies mostly in the village's beauty and unique setting below a half circle of rocky cliffs. The location stretches our concept of "The Area" a bit since Moustiers is roughly 130 kilometers from where we live; on the other hand, Didier thought that we simply had to visit, and so we did (don't worry if you don't know who Didier is. We don't have a picture of him yet, but you can click here to see two members of his family).
We set out to visit the day after Christmas; the weather was beautiful but cold. Probably not the best time to visit, but perhaps not so bad either considering that Moustiers is said to be filled with tourists in season. Anyway, thanks for the tip, Didier! More information about Moustiers is available from Provence Beyond or from the official web site of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie.
The photos on this page were taken on December 26, 2001
View of the village across the Adou river
The rooftops of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie
The rocky cliffs towering above the village
Looking out onto the church square
The square in front of the church
The 12th century church
Built to last...
The old stone bridge across the Adou river
Cascade (Photo by Didier Devèze)
Didier and I took identical shots, but I like his photo better:
it was taken in August, and the flowers in the pot are in bloom!
You are never far from the mountain in Moustiers
The view from the village into the valley
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