Gordes, France

Gordes, France

One neat thing about driving through France was seeing how each area differs, in a very significant way, from one another. A two hour drive can take a traveler from lush to dry. As soon as we hit Provence, the geographic changed in the most stunning way. As you drive further into Provence you’ll notice more and more off white, with a tint of orange, homes built on the very tip of a high hill (some look so steep). The tallest piece from each village is usually the steeple of the church (although if there’s a castle it’d be the castle).

We visited a few (at least when it wasn’t raining) when we were in Provence and out of all, the most well known is probably Gordes. The village is quaint and like many known places in France, touristy (you might notice the lack of people in the photos, just FYI I waited until it was empty or as empty as possible before photographing). But it was still quite pleasant and we had a great time walking around, snacking, and shopping. I am not a souvenir kind of person so no T-shirt with I Love Gordes or a statue. What I like to buy when traveling are spices and things I can use (like pots and pans, HA!). So in Gordes I purchased some local herb de Provence, salt mixed with olive oil and different other spices, local olive oil, local rose wine and lavendar. After using the salt, I wish I had bought two tubs of it. It is sooooooooooooooo good!!

I have a few pictures from Gordes. The photos are in the order they were taken so that you can get an idea of what it was like walking through the gorgeous village. So not to make anybody wonder let me go over them really quick…

  1. The view from where we parked.
  2. I have a thing for small roads/alleyway. This was just one of many as we walked into the center of town.
  3. The center of town. Behind me was the castle.
  4. A street view, to the right is the castle.
  5. M looking at a white dress. I said no. I become freak mom when the kids wear white expensive clothes.
  6. A linen shop across from the dress shop.
  7. The small street leading up to the church.
  8. A walkway down… we didn’t go.
  9. Another road we walked on, I think the church is to the left.
  10. We did go up and down a few steps. This one led to a viewing area, to see the valley below.
  11. A close-up of the steps so that you can imagine being there better {::SMILES}.
  12. A house. I love red doors!
  13. The pharmacie… promoting safe sex.
  14. The boulangerie… yum! One of the best part of France!
  15. More shops and check out the old cobble stones. LOVE it!!
  16. See how short the alleyway is? Just shops to the left and right.
  17. There are a few artists who has a home in this village. What an inspirational place to be living in!! JEALOUS!
  18. Another path
  19. Another path
  20. And another path
  21. A shop and the view down below
  22. A house as we walked back to the car (I think our car is next to the person walking up)
  23. An illegal stop that I made so that I could take a photo.
  24. Then somebody (while I was taking the above photo) told me that there’s a (legal) viewing area just a bit below and got this photo. This is what one would most likely see on postcards, websites, and who knows what else.

If you are planning a trip to Provence, especially the Luberon valley, do check this village out. Spend a few days and try to do it in the first week of July when the lavender are in full bloom. When we were there they were gray and dull. Very not photogenic at all. I am hoping to catch them in bloom and stay there for a full week to explore more of the beautiful area.

I know this is a bit cheesy but there’s something about France that just makes me so happy. I’d love to live there, maybe retire there, and open that bed and breakfast that I’ve mentioned in the past (it’s why I practice to make the best looking pancakes and staying at B&B when possible). It’s probably a dream but hey, dreams do come true, right? I mean, I am here in the UK {::SMILES}.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the little photo walk through Gordes. Until next time!!

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