Thursday, September 08, 2011

Bargeme, un plus beaux villages de France

           Had it not been for a visit to the ceramics museum in Salernes we would never have seen Bargeme.  While touring the museum that tells the long history of the ceramics industry in Salernes I spotted a flyer for a Michael Kenna exhibition in Bargeme, a tiny village on a little traveled route on the way to absolutely nowhere.  Never heard of Bargeme.  Why would a world renowned photographer be having a five month show in a town with less people than an NYC apartment building?   

           Now as luck or lack thereof would have it the gallery was not open on Wednesdays, a fact I could have discerned had I read French better.  But, it was a small price to pay to have discovered Bargeme at all.  It is arguably the loveliest village perche (as in perched) yet.  No mean feat in a country where your last village is always the best.  It reminds me of Vermont where every village is a picture postcard of bucolic timelessness.  Appropriately Bergame has been deemed Un des plus beaux villages de France, a designation given to the most beautiful villages in all of France.  We concur and Michael Kenna will wait

            Bargème is the highest village in the Var perched at a height of 1,097 meters where it offers an unobstructed view of the pastoral valley below.  It shares the top of a rocky ridge with the towers of a medieval castle, Le Sabron de Ponteves, which was devastated by the Wars of Religion in the late fifteen hundreds.   More recurring themes, oui? 


Thea said...

John and I are enjoying your trip sooooooooooo much! The photographs have us both looking for our pass ports.

Steve Immel said...

Thanks Thea. Find those things and get over here!

Daryl A. Black said...

Clouds and sky in the third color image are absolutely stunning and incredibly captured!

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