Saturday, April 25, 2009

Day 7 - Other Places to Visit While We Here

This is wonderful base location from which to see so many other historic and picturesque villages and cities. No chance of boredom during these twelve days in the same apartment. This was a good idea Christine had. We are in the south between Marseilles and Avignon.

I find out more about this place each day. Lourmarin is in the Luberon Natural Regional Park, which is famous for its beauty and history. The village lies on the southern side of the Luberon range of hills, at the entrance to the valley which separates the Petit (Western) Luberon from the Grand (Eastern), and is ideally situated for exploring some of the many hidden valleys and "highly-perched" hill-top villages of the area.

North of here lies the 13th century Cistercian abbey of Sénanque and its lavender fields, the villages of Gordes and Bonnieux, the ochre quarries and ochre-coloured houses in Roussillon. We are trying to visit as many of these as we can.

Within easy reach of our town is the walled city of Avignon and its medieval Palais des Papes (Popes' Palace), and the beautiful spa town of Aix-en-Provence. Each of these will require a day for travel and exploration. Another good day trip which we will undertake includes Arles, with its Roman amphitheatre and medieval cathedral. Possibly the Côtes-du-Rhône scenic loop of vineyards of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas and Vacqueyras. We will see. We are not pressuring ourselves when this town is so fun. This is the church and the chateau in the village.

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