Wednesday, September 3, 2014
03.09.2014 - 04.09.2014
Up early and checked our laundry. It’s been windy since we arrived; we hung laundry to dry and the wind immediately stopped. Laundry was still damp so we left it on the line and started north to find Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque with its now-shorn lavender fields. The road from Gordes is narrow and winding but one-way and there is adequate parking. Jean treated us all to tickets and we chose the non-guided tour. We ended by supporting the monks gift shop that had a great book selection. Ed & I got four or five books on French kings and history and watercolors; Jean got a chant CD and Peg got lavender essential oil. Fun! [Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque, 84220 Gordes, +33 (0)4 9072-0572; www.senanque.fr]
Hopped back in the car and followed a tour bus to Roussillon where we were fortunate enough to find a parking place. We hiked up into town and started looking at menus which seemed heavily weighted to hamburger-loving tourists. (something new to us) We continued on up rue du Four where we found La Treille perched on the side of the road. Great menu du jour and a lovely setting. We all got the menu du jour, a fabulous dried tomato salad, filet mignon of porc with potatoes and a fromage blanc with miel for dessert. We got a very nice red wine from Domaine Verrieres. It was an excellent meal although portions were overly generous, probably also the result of many tourists. [La Treille Restaurant, rue du Four, Roussillon; +33(0)4 9005-6447; https://www.facebook.com/ajentil/]
Walked up to the viewing table and got pics of Mt. Ventoux. Wandered back down and over to the Ochre Quarries. It has been greatly modernized since our last visit and you do more of a walk through the woods than exploring the ochre hills. They’ve put in wooden walkways, viewing platforms and trail markers. It was nice but too bad we couldn’t see more of the lovely ochre. To give credit, they've put in benches along the way which is very nice as we get older.
Retrieved the car and started home. We missed one turn so had the usual adventure, but arrived in Mollégès fairly quickly. We got a baguette and three religieux at the boulangerie, now open from their vacation. Walked to Utile to find it closed on Wednesdays. Fortunately we have wine and cheese from yesterday. At home we took down our now-dry laundry and our gite owners came by to clean the patios after all the wind. We met MaDemoiselle, their very cute black cat who stayed for dinner and cadged some cheese.