After a bit of lay in (after visiting Séguret yesterday), we left Mazan round 9:30 am on our final day exploring Provence.
Though it was our final day, I nonetheless deliberate to make it rely with a number of spots I’d been itching to see since we arrived.
With an enormous breakfast to begin my day proper (yeah, I completely gorged on nearly each French cheese that I discovered right here), we headed straight out by the mountains in the direction of some of the recognisable spots in Provence – Abbaye de Sénanque.
It’s seemingly you’ll have seen this spot many occasions earlier than, it’s probably one in all Europe’s most picturesque and iconic spots that develop lavender in the summertime months and has turn out to be a vacation spot in itself.
That being stated, visiting in October meant that I’d missed the lavender fields however the Abbey was nonetheless a stunning place to see. In reality, it was completely quiet after we visited, nobody was round and we had the entire place to ourselves.
Now, I knew there can be no lavender within the fields earlier than I visited, however seeing the fields and beautiful panorama has made me need to return in the summertime months after they’re in full bloom. Are you able to think about how beautiful this place in full bloom?
In reality, I’ve already been trying to find flights subsequent 12 months! 🤣
With nobody round, we determined to take a jaunt over in the direction of Gordes.
With 1000’s of years of historical past (sure, the Romans known as this dwelling at one level), it’s a hilltop village that’s simply so picturesque.
For the longest time, I’d all the time needed to go to Gordes – a village that’s simply one of many prettiest within the area.
As we drove nearer, my pleasure was build up like a baby on the best way to the fairground. Particularly in order I needed to see the views overlooking the hilltop commune.
However, the additional we obtained, the decrease the clouds got here, proper till a thick blanket of fog lined Gordes utterly.
I couldn’t disguise my disappointment, particularly after ready so lengthy to see it. It was a type of moments the place you simply wanna large gust of wind to eliminate fog…
Alas, none got here!
As we pulled up on the city viewpoint, Gordes was firmly lined in fog.
To the purpose that we couldn’t really see it in any respect. My coronary heart kinda sank a bit of extra, however I all the time assume that there are silver linings in issues like this – the tough half is discovering it. So with that, we stumbled right down to Gordes itself.
Wandering by the little streets, it was really easy to see what makes Gordes so fairly and I shortly realised that the fog itself hadn’t really consumed Gordes as a lot as my over-exaggeration had made out. The streets had been spared of the thick fog!
Now, if you happen to haven’t been earlier than, Gordes is the type of place that feels prefer it’s completely stood nonetheless in time. Every part is so stunning and preserved, it nearly feels as if you’ve arrived 300 years in the past in rural France.
After a bit of discover, the morning chill began to take maintain, and with that, we got here throughout the right little spot to heat our cockles.
With a roaring hearth and charming snugs, the Bastide de Gordes was a welcome respite.
Higher nonetheless, they served enormous teapots full of selfmade scorching chocolate that was (and nonetheless is) the right option to heat up. This can be a win for me on any day, however particularly so when it’s chilly exterior.
After glugging a superb three cups and warming up by the hearth, it was time to offer the perspective of Gordes one final shot earlier than leaving the world.
As we drove out of the commune, instantly, the fog started to vanish. A lot in order that by the point we’d reached the perspective (all of 2-minutes away), the fog had nearly all gone. I used to be so pleased!
I might lastly see Gordes from afar… and it was stunning.
I will need to have spent a superb 30-minutes simply staring and taking within the view, as a result of, earlier than I knew it, it was time to sprint for our final cease of the journey.
After a small jaunt additional by the mountains, we stopped off at Roussillon nestled throughout the Lubéron Valley.
Roussillon is a type of hilltop villages, with vibrant little streets which might be solely made higher by the placing Ochre Ridge you can see.
Now, you is likely to be questioning what color the Ochre Ridge is?
Properly, legend has it that the deep colored cliffs had been brought on by a quarrel method again within the Center Ages. Apparently, a wonderful younger girl named Séramonde fell in love with a dashing troubadour. This didn’t go unnoticed by the Lord of Roussillon who (as you may think about) was in love with Séramonde.
An enormous quarrel broke out and the Lord killed his love rival. As soon as Séramonde discovered, she was so distraught that she threw herself off the cliffs. 🙁
Apparently, her blood now runs by the cliffs and offers the Ochre Ridge its deep color that we will see in the present day.
After listening to extra concerning the cliffs (and the lovers’ tiff), I’d have liked to walk by the Ochre Path and seen extra of the panorama. It truly is a wonderful place.
However, alas, it was time to depart Provence.
After 4 days of enjoyable, journey and mountains of meals, it was time to depart for London.
Provence has all the time been firmly on my locations to go to and a area of France and boy was I not dissatisfied.
That’s the factor, with such excessive expectations, it will possibly generally result in disappointment. Within the case of Provence, it actually didn’t. If something, it’s spurred me on to go to once more.
Particularly in the summertime months when the melons are juicy and the lavender is blooming.
Provence, I’ll see you once more actual quickly. ❤️