Today we decided to visit the hill towns of the Luberon. It was another hot, hot day. We woke up late at 9:00 AM. The plan was to visit Gordes, L’Abbaye de Senanque, Roussilon and Arles. Gordes was first and it was a bit of a disappointment. Ritzy and overpriced. 8 euros for a ham and cheese crepe? We found a place selling sandwiches in the main pedestrian area for 5 euros each and beer for 2 euros. The sandwiches were really excellent, the bread was a fresh baguette with lots of goat cheese, herb pesto and tomato slices. I bought a jar of tapenade to take home.
The Abbaye de Senanque was very beautiful but the lavender was not as “in bloom” as I thought it would be. Since we had tried to time our trip with the blooming of the lavender, it seemed we had arrived a bit late in the season. The gift shop was excellent and I bought some postcards. We were drinking tons of water, but felt dehydrated. I could feel the sweat trickling down my back.
Roussilon. Beautiful. What a lovely, lovely town. We parked at the lower lot and hiked up. I found a cute carved cat statue in a shop and bought it. We paid 2.50 euros to visit the ochre cliffs/quarries. We were walking around when I saw some guy filling up baggies with ochre! I couldn’t believe it!! I went to the entrance and tried in broken French to explain that someone was stealing ochre. Luckily, someone was able to translate and a “security” guy followed me back down and I pointed out the thief. The security guard confronted him and made him remove several bags of ochre from his backpack. What a jerk!
We went back to the mas and swam with Christian and his family who were also trying to cool off. We drank beers by the pool with some bread, goat cheese and tomatoes we had picked up earlier. Dinner was at La Terasse, pizza and creme brulle. 2 pizzas, 4 desserts and 1 litre of house wine for 52 euros and that fed all 4 of us. A bargain! We were back at the B&B by 9:00. We had another swim and some more of our market liqueur at 10:00 and then went to bed.