Here are Debbie and Mark exploring an abandoned quarry nearby.
Just round the corner from that, we discovered a quarry still in use. They're mining the stone (prized for its whiteness and purity) for its own sake nowadays, the seams of aluminium ore being long since mined out.
So this set the scene for the Cathedrale d'Image - a 'son et lumiére' show inside the old bauxite mines - truly a cathedral sized space.
The show uses not only his most famous paintings, but also photographs from the era and his sketches and drawings. Note the scale of the space, ably demonstrated by the couple standing in the foreground.
So quarries and van Gogh turned out to be the theme for the day. Later on, we were in St-Rémy and walked out to St-Paul-de-Mausole - van Gogh's asylum. Just behind the asylum is the Mas de la Pyramide, where, at the centre of an olive grove, stands the last remnant of an ancient quarry. Why that bit was left, I have no idea.
Debbie, forever the botanist, was in raptures about the Judas trees flowering all around (deep pink blossom in the background). She was also pleased to hear that for once it wasn't going to be John and Ruth that were out with me as I took blog shots and insisted that I include a picture of her. Here she is...