Bastide de la Savert
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We drive to Apt for a decent grocery store to pick up a few items for dinners. The route takes us past towering gray limestone cliffs, along narrow cliff hugging roads and over gorges on skinny bridges. Allen is loving it. He’s been wanting to get to the Monts de Vaucluse so we take our time sharing the road with lots of bicyclists.
Thursday I get to choose. We start off slow enjoying the house and ...
... tubs over flowing with riots of colourful flowers. There is a beautiful flower shop aglow with masses of potted blooms. Next door is the highlight for me "La Halle" the fresh food market it has the most wonderful vertical garden flowing all the way down the front of the building. When i am in a fit state i will return to browse the market.
We stumble into a Tabac beside La Halle and haltingly in our very bad broken French we ask if he knows where ...
... even remotely Cezanne related, like he picked his nose on this corner, or his best friends brothers 2nd wife got baptised at this church!!
Besides strolling around the old town and enjoying the markets, we joined the students for happy hour beers in one of the big busy squares, and basically just soaked up the atmosphere in the short time we had, before catching the train onwards via Marseille to Nimes, where we were set for a week of feria with our friends Anna and ...
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 ...