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Provence Photo Book the Alpilles From the Air – Les Alpilles Vues du Ciel

Many of us love the Alpilles, the “little Alps” that rise between the famous Provencal towns of St-Rémy-de-Provence and Les Baux. Their craggy beauty dominates the surrounding landscape. But outside of taking an airplane ride, it is impossible to appreciate them from the air.

Until now.

Les Alpilles Vues du Ciel Photo Book

Gilles Lagnel’s new book, Les Alpilles Vues du Ciel, includes over 100 magnificent photos of the Alpilles and their many attractions. It covers the region from Eyguières in the east to Tarascon in the west, with beautiful images of towns, churches, castles, and lakes, plus mile after stunning mile of vineyards and olive groves.

Les Alpilles Vues du Ciel Photo Book

Lagnel, the artistic director at Equinoxe Creation, decided to produce the book because of “an overflowing passion for my region.” That passion shows in each photo.

Lagnel got the idea for the book when taking aerial shots for a film on Chateau Romanin. If he could shoot the Chateau, nestled at the foot of the Alpilles, why not the whole mountain range? This proved to be easier said than done.

Les Alpilles Vues du Ciel Photo Book

The project required almost two years, as the Alpilles cover a big area. Photos were taken with a drone and a high-quality camera, which is not always the most stable combination. This meant that pictures could only be taken on certain days, one that offered both good visibility for photography and minimal wind for flying.

Les Alpilles Vues du Ciel Photo Book

The hardest area to film was near the glider airport outside of St-Rémy. The drone had to get into position for good photos, plus manage the wind currents and avoid gliders taking off and landing – a tough task indeed!

But the results are worth it. You see towns like Les Baux and Eygalières from the air – a new perspective. You get fascinating views of historical ruins, like the hilltop castle of legendary Queen Jeanne of Provence. And, of course, you see the Alpilles themselves, in all their rugged beauty.

Les Alpilles Vues du Ciel Photo Book

The book is a treat for residents and tourists alike. And for those like me who can’t get enough of the Alpilles, Lagnel will have a second volume out later this year.

You can see more photos from the book, as well as information on ordering a copy, here.

Les Alpilles Vues du Ciel Photo Book

Keith Van Sickle is the author of One Sip at a Time: Learning to Live in Provence, available on Amazon. For more about Keith please visit his website here.

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Keith Van Sickle

Keith Van Sickle

Keith is a lifelong traveler who got his first taste of overseas life during a semester abroad in England. But it was the expat assignment to Switzerland that made him really fall in love with Europe.

After returning to California, he and his wife Val dreamed of living abroad again but couldn’t find another expat gig, so they invented their own. Now they split their time between California and St-Rémy-de-Provence, delving ever deeper into what makes France so endlessly fascinating.

Keith is the author of One Sip at a Time: Learning to Live in Provence, and Are We French Yet?, both available from Amazon.

This article is based on content that Keith is collecting for his third book, “An Insiders Guide to Provence,” with a publication date of December 2021. Click here to pre-order the book.

You can see all of Keith’s blog posts at Life in Provence.

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