Postcards from my past / 9

Today we are time-travelling to the 1980s….mid to late ’80s. My then partner and I had travelled to Provence, and my parents were already staying there. We all met up, and my father, ever the keen map reader and browser of regional guides had found out about an abandoned village in the Luberon mountains.

As soon as we reached the area, and could see the village church from a distance away, I knew we were on to a winner. It was a most atmospheric place, and great for a wander around if you were a devotee of decay and abandonment.

Alas, those were the days of film, and I don’t have many photographs, but here are a few (incidentally, the distant view is from 2006, as I haven’t scanned that particular slide):

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I tried the church door back then, but it was firmly closed. A year or so ago, I noticed an image on fellow blogger Tina Schell’s site, and I found out that it was indeed the interior of this church – you can see it here.

It appears that this place has now become beloved of the moneyed classes, and quite a bit of it is being restored. Also, there is now a cafe, so those days of being a rare visitor are gone.




  1. Nice memories, Sue. Provence is a quite magical area, with so much to offer the traveller.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Lovely images, that brings out a feeling of times long gone. The processing enhances the feeling along with the way you captured the decaying buildings.

  3. film makes the dereliction even more nostalgic – I do like these retro posts!

  4. Your father served you well. I’ve finally twigged that your love of decay and abandonment is distinctively yours, but also the result of genetics and nurture. I like the slideshow format, and the link to Tina’s inside-the-church photos is a bonus. The hollyhocks, the archway and the path to the church are all particularly special photos.

  5. Its great that it is being restored, but I would have loved to have seen it, as you did, beautiful captures 🙂

  6. Emilio Pasquale

    So I’m a couple of years too late to wander around an empty city? I’m sure I would still enjoy visiting, though it sounds like it will be too expensive for me.

  7. I’d like those hollyhocks in colour, but I’m satisfied with the others in black and white (always demanding, this woman! 🙂 ). This is a lovely look back at a past that is no more, Sue, and thanks for the link to Tina. I enjoyed my bit of vibrancy. 🙂

  8. I think that Black and White works so well with the memories… wonderful and a reminder that I should digitize my old pictures (I think I have pictures going back to the 70s)

    • Sue

      Glad you like these Bjorn…..I still have loads of stuff to digitise, but it’s not going to happen quickly….at least the most important has been done

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