Bastide de la Savert
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We walked around Arle and looked at the ruins & gorgeous buildings and houses.
We then drove to Pont du Gard and back to Avignon.
We went for a long walk, looking in shops, watching buskers and checking out the menus at restaurants.
We decided to buy dinner and headed back to the hotel and ate it at the common room.
Back in the room we discussed and planned what to do over the next week. ...
Monday morning we headed to the Cistercian Abbey of Senanque (near Gordes). The Abbey was founded in 1148 and despite a chequered history, there are still Cistercian monks in residence now.
As well as the Romanesque church, we visited the former cloister, chapter-house (the only room where speaking was allowed) and the scriptorium (the only room originally heated!). By visiting early we were able to avoid the usually compulsory, French-only ...
... ritual after each walk
Before heading back to the accommodation we stopped off at the supermarket to buy some cold meats, cheeses, wine and baguettes for a late lunch.
After lunch we decided to have a relaxing ...
... took us through the Senancole Valley and through typical "garrigue" vegetation including boxwood, evergreen oaks, aromatic herbs and shrub plants. We arrived at the Senanque Abbey where the Monks where in the middle of a mass. The monks who live at Sénanque grow lavender (visible in the front of the abbey and they tend honey bees for their livelihood. This is a magnificent 12th century Abbey hidden in ...
... 30's.....everyday until yesterday when we had some rain and mid 20 max. The house is two storey with shutters and so it is pretty cool if we close it up during the hot part of the day, plus the bedrooms have air con.
We gave N and K a quiet day on Sunday to recover from their long flight but then packed things in. Monday we met up with a friend (Geraldine and Charlie and G's parents) who lives here. ...