Lourmarin in southern France. At the centre of the skyline is the 17th century belfry and clock, keeping time for a village whose roots extend back over a thousand years. (There is evidence that the area was inhabited even earlier, in the Neolithic Age some 12,000 years ago.) Today’s clock was built atop a fortified 11th century watchtower. The steeple of Saint-André et Saint-Trophime Church can be seen to the right.