After such a fabulous evening of lobster, truffles, French champagne and much fun, we woke to a beautiful sunny morning with our destination being one of the loveliest towns and certainly one of my favourites, always a hit with the ladies, the hill top village of Les Baux de Provence. Such a vast difference in landscape to the Luberon Valley where our villa is based but simply stunning nonetheless.
Starting off with a much needed coffee and comfort stop…. watch the gas propane bottles!… we meandered around the town taking in the array of vistas from every angle on the walk up to the fortress atop the hill overlooking the village. Perched on the rocky spur, the fortress is one of the finest historic sites in France providing a unique panorama over the Baux Valley, vineyards and fields of olive trees down to the sea.
Named after it’s location, a bauc being a rocky spur and to the aluminium ore (bauxite) that was first discovered here, the steep cobbled lane ways lead off in all directions offering a wonderful myriad of boutiques, galleries, architecture and views to be discovered, not to mention the absolutely magnificent Church with it’s stained glass windows, sculptures and ancient history and if that is not enough there is also a delightful Santon Museum not to be missed, truly a work of art and history. All of the Santons handmade are crafted after the true likeness of one of the people in the village they represent, truly magnifique!
Having shopped and explored to our hearts content we made our way to the Cafe du Musee, our lunch stop for today overlooking the valley and the homes built in to the hillsides, always such a wonder when coming from Australia, it is such an unusual sight to see. As always we were certainly not disappointed with the food, entrecote with poirve cooked beautifully, thon bleu, canard and of course the coffee gourmand that was fought over… and once again we left the table saying ‘no more’ we can not fit another morsel… funnily enough, every time dinner comes round we are all ready to go again!
Leaving the village of Les Beaux behind we made the short journey to our next stop down the hill, … the creme da la creme of experiences, the magnificent Carrieres de Lumieres, this year Picasso on show.
Imagine just one of the largest stone quarries you can and then add 10% for good measure because this place is enormous to say the least. Then imagine walking through a door that does nothing to give away the overwhelming experience awaiting you.
The door closes behind you and you step in to another world as the sounds of music explodes around you with floor to ceiling images from Picasso displayed on the quarry walls surrounding you and transporting you to another time. There are three thousand projectors creating this amazing experience that takes months to set up each year. It is definitely not to be missed for no other reason than as Kym said…’it’s like IMAX on steroids’!
Re-entering the real world outside we were happy to see our steadfast driver pull up with our much awaited chariot to carry us home. Happy ladies, with their loot, full stomachs and new experiences under their belts…no wonder I adore sharing this part of the world with our guests.
Homeward bound ready I’m sure to feast on another sublime Provencal meal thanks to our wonderful Joelle who delighted us with a full meal of Bull… and a few antics courtesy of Chris just to go with it!
Time for sleep before tomorrow’s adventures…