Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Market finds

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, La Provence, France
Market finds at L’Isle sur la Sorgue on a Sunday morning in Provence. This largest outdoor market in Luberon is located between Avignon and Gordes. We found some gorgeous antique pieces and delicious farmers products. Once again, try to arrive quite early if you're coming by car (parking in Provence can be quite tricky). xx
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Monday, August 18, 2014

La Provence - day two

La Provence, France
The second day right after breakfast, we drove to a little town called Joucas. Only 6km from Gordes, this beautiful village charmed us immensely. We wandered the hidden alleys and cobblestone streets, admiring the stunning view of vineyards and Louberon mountains. Rousillon offered us another spectacular view of the National Park du Luberon. We spent most of the day in this Provence town, famous for its magnificent red cliffs and ochre quarries 'le sentier des ocres.' I would recommend to arrive quite early in the morning as the parking can be a problem. The whole city of Rousillon is coloured from yellow to red and orange. We enjoyed walking around the local market, soaking up the atmosphere while sipping our coffee and simply loving the provincial spirit everywhere. Goult had a very relaxing atmosphere and like every other village, was full of history, little alleys and hidden treasures. I personally loved this little village and even though it's not between the very famous ones, I'm glad we didn't skip it. Our last stop was the village of Lacoste, where the famous Marquis de Sade once lived. We walked to the very top of Lacoste and soaked in the view. The Marquis de Sade's castle is situated here (now owned by the fashion designer Pierre Cardin). We didn't go in, but the view from the top was definitely worth the climb. Very hungry at this point, we returned to Gordes and enjoyed the evening atmosphere and delicious food at Casa Rosario, lovely tip from one of my Instagram followers, Rachel. xx 
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Friday, August 08, 2014

La Provence

La Provence, FranceThis holiday was a dream come true, La Provence... fields of lavender, vineyards, sunflowers, historic villages and beautiful weather. We were amazed by the huge diversity of landscapes, olive groves, mountains, historic churches, so many colours and the essence of lavender everywhere. We've seen many castles on the way and every village we visited had its own specific character. I'm happy to share with you photos I took during our time in Provence and if you have any questions about this part of France, don't hesitate to contact me. Without further ado, let me show you our first day in Provence.

The best and easiest way to see Provence is by car as you can stop wherever you want. I was beyond excitement when all of a sudden a huge lavender or sunflower field appeared in front of us. I just HAD to get out of the car, if only to admire the view or take some pictures. We were headed towards the city called Sault (35km from Gordes), with a small stop in Saint Saturnin les Apt, a beautiful historic village with stunning view from the top of the castle's ruins and a beautiful chapel from the 9th century.

The area around Sault was the only place where we saw lavender fields. If you want to see lavender, you have to plan your visit carefully. Lavender is usually harvested during the last week of July and the first week of August. We walked around Sault, visited the local market and were on the road again. Our next stop was a beautiful village (and my personal favourite), Simiane-la-Rotonde. One of the most beautiful villages in Haute-Provence, this tranquil place was all about beautiful old stone houses with decorated doors, window frames and stunning views (definitely worth seeing). From there we went to Viens and drove back to Gordes through Apt, just in time for a little swim in the pool before dinner. xx
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