Sunday, June 12, 2011

Provence-Part Trois

After leaving L'Isle sur-la Sorgue we went to Gordes and then onto Roussillon. Forgive me but some of my pictures got out of order so we will be skipping around some. Hang in there, it is all interesting.

Walking up the hilltop we passed  stone fences and storage buildings made from stone that reminded me of pictures I had seen of the village of the bories near Gordes. In reading about the village of the bories I learned that the  twenty stone huts there are built in various shapes both square and round. These ancient dwellings dated from 2000 BC and about 3000 of these still exist and  are scattered over the Mediterranean area. The book, Provence by Könemann has beautiful pictures of this village as well as many other sights in Provence.


Abbaye de Senanque- Picture how beautiful it will be when the lavender is in full bloom. This was in early April. I could close my eyes and smell the fragrance of the lavender thinking about how lovely it will be. Abbaye de Se´nanque was founded in 1148. The monks living there have home produce for sale. We only stopped to make pictures because our list of villages to visit was long.  The lovely coffee table book, PROVENCE ART-ARCHITECTURE- LANDSCAPE by Könemann has a picture of the abbey on its cover.

Traveling away from Gordes.

Roussillon is perched on a clifftop of various shades of red and ocher slopes. The plasters used for homes reflect the rich tones of the red and yellow pigments.

The hilltop village of Gordes. You might be interested to know that this town was in several scenes of the movie,"A Good Year" starring Russell Crowe, Marion Cotillard, Albert Finney, Abbie Cornish, Freddie Highmore and Tom Hollander. More on that later.

We stopped at a small restuarant for lunch with a gift shop where I admired the La Jacquard linens they were selling. Of course, they used the La Jacquard Francais linens on the outdoor tables of the restaurant and they were so pretty.

  Then enjoyed a fabulous lunch with a gorgeous view.

 This is the main square in Gordes where Max Skinner (Russell Crowe) goes in circles in the little yellow smart car looking for the notaire's office. 

I love the couple sitting at the table watching the world go by. Next time you watch the movie look for this scene. 

Fanny Chanel's bistro ( in the movie).  When we found it we had already eaten lunch but we would have loved to have eaten there!

 Fountain where Max waits with a glass of wine until Fanny gets off work. I am not one that likes to watch a movie over and over but I haven't gotten tired of this movie.

Aren't the colors and patinas of Provence delightful?

Almond trees in full bloom. Green spot was on the rental car windshield. It was a wonderful experience I I will  always cherish exploring this pleasant delightful country with my husband. You know it took me a while to post pictures of our trip. There was so much tragedy in our country, tornadoes, flooding and unrest in the mideast that it seemed  an inappropriate time to share our wonderful trip but I will tell you that after forty years of marriage this trip was a gift from God to us. My prayers are still with those in the affected areas of suffering.


  1. Bonnie, this is a breathtaking trip. The scenery is awesome. Happy 40 years, my friend.
    Have a beautiful week.
    TTFN ~

  2. Bonnie I am so very happy for you! Enjoy every moment, for they are forever memories! Forty years, congratulations.

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  3. Oh wow ~ simply beautiful! Thank you so much for "taking us along with you"! Such stunning photos, scenery and buildings! Love Brenda (PS Love your new header too!)

  4. Hi Bonnie, thank you so much for stopping by my posts on Panicale and our cooking class in Florence. I can see that you love traveling as much as I do - and that you are a lover of everything French? Your photos are wonderful and make me want to visit - we haven't been to France yet. The movie sounds like something I need to watch - your descriptions and photos of the movie scenes were great! Ciao, bella! xxoo

  5. I'm yearning for a trip~ what gorgeous scenery! As wonderful as your photos are, I can only imagine what it must have looked like in person!

  6. Wonderful photos Bonnie, you really had a wonderful time. I enjoyed that movie 'A Good Year' even though I don't particularly care for Russell Crowe, as an actor. I have been to Nice, which I thought a little too geared for tourists, but we didn't venture further into Provence, I would love to go. Thankyou so much for your very kind comments on my post. Have a wonderful day, love Linda x

  7. Bonnie, I have been back and looked at the all the pictures of Provence and it looks like such a fabulous trip. Congrats on your anniversary and spending it in such a wonderful place.

  8. Bonnie,
    I don't know which I like better, Provence or Tuscany. I was thinking Tuscany until I read your Provence post. Oh, how I miss it there! That's it: I'm going back! Thank you for sharing such loveliness! ~Delores

  9. Oh my gosh, we could have done this trip together! We explored many of the same places. The day we saw the bodies the sky was like gunmetal making them very magical. And the colors of to describe?
    Yes, back in Maine which has it's own magic!xox

  10. Those French towns are stunning....I love that movie, too!!! All that amazing stone/the rocks in your photos are fantastic!!!!


  11. Oh, wow! I came to thank you for your sweet words on my post and see these gorgeous, familiar spots. Provence is my favorite place in the world! So glad you got to go!


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  13. Bonnie...just had to visit after you told me about your Provence button. And...A Year in Provence is one of my favorite movies! Thanks for visiting me.


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