Travelling in Ardèche: Vogüé
Vogüé is small and charming, with paths that wind up the hill toward the castle.We saw this cute little fellow on our ascent up the hilly streets. Isn’t he adorable?
It’s easy to be enchanted by this village, with its buildings of weathered stone and thick walls, little stairways and arched doorways…A glimpse of the Château de Vogüé! The chateau was a medieval fort which was reconstructed in the 17th century. Visitors are able to go inside, where they sometimes have art exhibits. I thought this old weathered door was beautiful, with that faded blue, and it fits right in with the rustic stonework. More rustic stone houses – I sometimes wonder what it must be like to live in a village like this, with so many summer visitors, clicking away by your doorstep. I imagine they must make sure to go somewhere else during this time! I thought that these cottages were intriguing, with their organic mish-mash of shapes. I admire the time it took for someone to make something so beautiful out of simple materials. A friend of mine in France told me, “les cailloux disposées au sol en formes géométriques s’appellent des calades. C’est un mot occitan qui est devenu un mot français après 1791.” Translation: “The pebbles laid out on the ground in geometric shapes are called calades. It is an Occitan word that became a French word after 1791.” At the end of a hot day of walking, delicious, cold ice cream was in order!