In route to Cucuron, a nearby village, I decided to take a little detour to Vaugines, where I have been before but years ago.  Have you ever had the feeling of stepping back in time? This is Vaugines to me.  Located at the foothills of the Luberon about 6km from Puyvert, known as a commune, it could almost be referred to as a neighborhood based on its small size.  Secluded from the main driving routes, it is very isolated, indiscernible from anyone who isn’t actually looking for it.  Yet it is this isolation that gives Vaugines its tranquility, bequeathing a sense of complete stillness to the village. 

A portrait of slow living where the past seems to be shrouded from present day, Vaugines maintains its traditional ancestry.   Provençal rural stone houses line the narrow roads and lanes crossing the village.  The main plaza square, adorned with a fountain, is the location for the sole restaurant and store.  The simplicity of this village lends to its beauty.

Vaugines is a very old village, witnessed by its Romanesque medieval church dating back to the 11-12th century, sitting askew from the main village and surrounded by majestic plane trees, further enhancing the peacefulness.  With its history and surrounding wild and rural countryside very typical of Provence, this was an ideal setting chosen for partial filming of Marcel Pagnol’s novels – Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources.  Filmmaking aside, Vaugines is a serene village, a lovely quick escape to roam and to step back in time...