Collonges-la-Rouge is a member — the founding member, in fact — of the Plus Beaux Villages de France association. According several web sites I've read, back in the 1970s the Reader's Digest company put together a publication called just that — Les Plus Beaux Villages de France — listing the 100 most beautiful villages in France. The mayor of Collonges became aware of it and contacted the mayors of all the villages listed, asking them if they'd be interested in creating an association of such villages to promote and preserve them. More than 60 mayors responded and the association was founded in 1982. More than 150 villages are members today.
This slideshow of my walk through Collonges features 10 photos and runs for less than 2 minutes.
It was the same mayor of the town then known simply as Collonges who added the suffix -la-Rouge to the name to distinguish it from other villages and towns in France and Switzerland that were also named Collonges. The name derives from the Latin colonia (colony). A Roman colonized the area nearly 2000 years ago and soon people were referring to the town that grew up here by that name. I took these photos on May 2, 2006, and I'm publishing them now as part of my "virtual vacation" series because we are not allowed to travel during this great coronavirus confinement of 2020.