France Day 10

The plan was to go to Isle sur la Sorgue for the Saturday Market. Rick Steves guidebook recommended getting there by 9:00 because of parking. We got there at 9:15 and the guys had to drop us off near the entrance and ended up parking far away. Yowsers! The market was truly amazing. Olives, bread, tapenades, every kind of fruit and veggie, spices, fish, cheeses, dried meats, olive oils, jams, honeys, fabric, linens, clothes, etc. The smells as we walked along were amazing. Lavender, garlic, paella cooking, spices. My senses were overwhelmed. We wandered and bought stuff for lunch, vermicelli stir fry and raspberries for 6 euros for a huge container. Earl and Lisa bought bread and salami and cheese. We wandered back through the market and picked up quiche, tomatoes, bread, strawberries, olives and a bottle of wine for dinner. We also bought small bottles of lavender/thyme, peach, lemon and pear liqueurs for 10 euros each. The bottles were small, but the seller gave us some samples to try. They were potent–and delicious! I treated myself to a gorgeous tablecloth, a white/beige floral design for 40 euros. Marc also got a hat to keep the hot provencal sun off his face. There was a Peruvian band performing at the market.

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isle sur la sorgue market

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isle sur la sorgue market

isle sur la sorgue market

isle sur la sorgue market

isle sur la sorgue market

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Peruvian band at isle sur la sorgue market

After the market, we went back to put the groceries in the fridge and then went to Lacoste. The Marquis de Sade “castle” is merely a bunch of ruins, and it was a hot, horrid walk to reach them. Although we were rewarded with a gorgeous view, it was a very steep, demanding hike.

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marquis de sade ruins castle lacoste france

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marquis de sade ruins castle lacoste france

marquis de sade ruins castle lacoste france

We went back to the B&B to cool off. We swam, rested, read and relaxed. I put my feet up in a hammock and daydreamed. We had a lovely dinner on the back patio overlooking the B&B’s lavender fields. Christian gave us real plates, wine glasses, silverware and cloth napkins and bread. What an amazing host he is!

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picnic dinner at mas des deux puits

mas des deux puits lavender fields

After dinner, we went to the concert in the church that Christian had told us about at the “high church” in Bonnieux. It was a series of trios for clarinet, cello and piano and was very enjoyable. After the concert, they served wine. I think we were the only non-locals and felt so lucky that Christian had told us about it. We went back to the B&B and had some of the lavender/thyme liqueur and leftover tarts for dessert. We felt so tired, drained by the sun, and agreed to sleep in the next day.

view from bonnieux church

bonnieux church

view from bonnieux church

concert at bonnieux church

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