Lourmarin in Provence

A recent trip to the Luberon included a stop in Lourmarin, a charming town to stroll, shop, and café hop, not to mention the final resting place for the French philosopher, Albert Camus.

According to France Today, “Camus’ first visit to the region, in 1937, was brief but in 1946 he came from Paris with three fellow writer friends and actually stayed with them at the Château, in Spartan rooms set far apart which felt spooky at night, his at the bottom of the tower. Armed with the carefree camaraderie and joie de vivre of youth, Camus loved Lourmarin – witness his letter of 1947 to his friend and poet, René Char, who hailed from nearby L’Ile-sur-la- Sorgue:  “The region in France that I prefer is yours, more precisely the foot of the Luberon… Lourmarin, etc.”  Camus was just 46 on January 4, 1960, when he died near Sens in a car crash on his way to Paris– snatched midlife, as if to stage an ironical metaphor of the absurdity of life which was central to his philosophical preoccupations.”

 “L’absurde naît de la confrontation de l’appel humain avec le silence déraisonnable du monde.” 

(“The absurd is the product of a collision or confrontation between our human desire for order, meaning, and purpose in life and the blank, indifferent “silence of the universe.”) 

 Camus gravesite Camus headstone


Strolling through the town, I  witnessed le football fever for “Les Bleus” before a World Cup match, saw many amusing store front novelties, including an American song lyric sung by Jimmy Hendrix, and passed lovely fountains….all in a picturesque backdrop in the heart of Provence.

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10 thoughts on “Lourmarin in Provence

  1. Beautiful photos … Enchanted by “Excuse me while I kiss the sky.” I’ve never heard it before … Maybe I’ll go back and discover Jimi Hendrix!

  2. linnetmoss says:

    Very moved by the grave of Camus, so modest for such a brilliant man. I like the lion’s head fountain spout too.

    • Thanks – interestingly, a request to have Camus displaced into the (less modest) Pantheon in Paris was turned down by his son.

      • linnetmoss says:

        Well, he deserves to be in the Pantheon, but perhaps his son is satisfied with his place in the literary pantheon. I hope I can visit Lourmarin some day to pay my respects.

  3. I hope so, too – the Luberon is a really nice area to visit. Bon dimanche!

  4. Karina says:

    Thank you for this – I hope to go there soon myself 🙂

  5. pedmar10 says:

    indeed nice area and lovely photos. If in the area take a look at Ménérbes where Peter Mayle lives and wrote all those books that made Provence famous ::)

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