The skies and light in France often provide fascinating views and contrasts. I don't know if there is a scientific reason for France to have more vivid light than elsewhere, but this seems to be the case. At any rate, I have often heard visitors say "there's something about the light here..."
Yesterday, clouds from east and west competed with the sun. In the same neighborhood, some of the houses were under a dark grey cover and others, in full sunlight. The conflicting signals bathed the Palanges range in a fuzzy yellow haze.