My summer holidays this year was a week in Provence, southern France. We based ourselves in St. Remy hired a car and toured the countryside. The first place I wanted to visit is Gordes. The little picture perfect village sits atop a mountain in the Luberon region of Provence.
The biege colored stone houses rise from the narrow stone cobbled streets, from afar the village looks like it is clinging to the side of the mountain, Gordes is a wonder of architecture, building and engineering. Every street, every corner, every wall is worthy of a pinterest, tumblr, instagram moment.
Going to a popular place like Gordes in August during the height of tourist season and on market day no less, there is guaranteed crowds and parking problems. Our car had to be parked at the bottom of the hill and our legs given a workout with the climb up to the village. The upside to this was the walk gave us a chance to take in the stunning views of the Luberon countryside. As far as the eye could see there was a patchwork of vineyards, trees, dried earth and fields.
Everyday there is a market in a village or town all over Provence. The markets usually open 8am to 1pm and the streets are thronged with serious shoppers buying daily groceries, curious onlookers and tourists shopping for trinkets.
Lunch was at the beautiful La Bastide de Gordes. Sitting on the terrace of the L’Orangerie restaurant we enjoyed not only some of the best food of our holiday but also some of the best views of the surrounding park “Parc national regional du Luberon”
If you have a fantasy of strolling around a village in France chances are that the village will look like Gordes. The village is truly dream like I really hope one day I have the chance to visit again.