Rougon village and Isidore Blanc, the stage manager

The village of Rougon, perched on its rocky outcrop, was the place where Isidore Blanc taught at the beginning of the 20th century.

Rougon Village

Coming from Castellane, it is located about ten kilometers before La Pallud, on the D952. An Eagle’s Nest perched at an altitude of 930 m, just above Point Sublime. The spur of the chateau, a listed site, dominates the village. 110 inhabitants currently populate the village. A population that never exceeded 600 souls even in the golden age of the village, in the middle of the 18th century. There is a crêperie-gite d’etape; The Wall of bees which offers a magnificent view from its terrace. There is also a grocery store-bar-restaurant; The Terrace at the entrance of the village open all year round. From this small square where you can also play pétanque, you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Samson Corridor. As for the town hall, it also acts as a post office.

The rural exoduses which occurred after each world war were fatal to the village. Indeed, the population went from 331 inhabitants in 1906 to 180 inhabitants came years later. Then from 93 inhabitants in 1946 to 41 inhabitants in 1968. The majority of the population emigrated to the city of Toulon to seek a better life there. Thus many Toulonnais descendants of Rougonais populate today the remainders of their ancestors during the summer period.

Isidore Blanc

“The manager of the Gorges” as he liked to call himself. A teacher in Rougon in the 1900s, this man was one of the first explorers of the Gorges. Martel having heard of him, invited him to go and see to organize the famous expedition of 1905 which traversed all of the Gorges. Later, he was appointed official delegate of the Touring Club of France and participated very actively in the tourist development of the Verdon. We owe him, for example, the first developments such as the Sublime point as we know it now.

The Touring Club de France was the main financier of tourist development in the Verdon in the 1920s and 1930s. A plaque placed by the TCF at the end of the Baou footbridge while going down to the Samson corridor pays homage to Isidore Blanc. A man with multiple hats who died in a sidecar accident in 1933, the very day of his birthday.

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