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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 and Val Van Sickle made their first trip to Provence decades ago, and it was love at first sight. After that, they came back every year until 2008, when they began a part-time life there, splitting their time between Provence and California.

Over the years, they’ve travelled all over Provence, seeing sights both well-known and obscure. Their French friends have introduced them to favourite restaurants and wineries and picnic spots and taught them funny local expressions (not all for polite company).

Keith now shares this local knowledge in his new book, An Insider’s Guide to Provence. Packed with the Van Sickles’ favourite things to see and do, it’s a must-have for anyone travelling to this glorious corner of France.

Keith previously published two books about the couple's experiences in Provence. One Sip at a Time: Learning to Live in Provence, and Are We French Yet?, both are available from Amazon.

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

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