Thursday, September 4, 2014
04.09.2014 - 05.09.2014
Up and out reasonably early. We knew where we were going today since we had passed Gordes yesterday. No problems. We drove directly there and found parking at the foot of town. We walked up the hill toward the château. We visited the very spare sculpture exhibit in the Chapelle des Penitents Blancs and got photos of the outside, then moved on past the immense château through an archway to St. Firmin’s Church carefully noting the various ironworks at the many altars.
We left the church and headed down the steep and slippery streets to a great viewpoint of the surrounding countryside. Many photos! Walked back up the hill stopping in shops and galleries and finally checking menus. Peg mailed post cards at La Poste and we rested in the shade by the château until noon when the restaurants opened.
We chose Les Cuisines du Château Restaurant and got a nice table on the shadier of the two terraces. Our waitress asked if we preferred French or English and we ended up using both although her English was excellent. We all got the formula du jour of plat and dessert. It was pintade (guinea fowl) with a marvelous ratatouille with raisins. The sauce on the pintade was an excellent mustard sauce. We all loved it. Ed & I got ice cream for dessert because it was a hot day but the girls opted for the “runny” chocolate cake which they both loved. Coffee was excellent and service well done. Excellent meal. [Les Cuisines du Château, Place Genty Pantaly at the foot of the château, 84220 Gordes; tel. +33 (0)4 9072-0131; mobile +33 (0)6 9952-7194; firstname.lastname@example.org]
Retrieved the car and headed down the hill to the Village of Bories, [+33 (0)4 9072-0348, www.gordes.village.com; email@example.com], the dry stone huts and houses in use until the mid 19th century. They are made entirely without mortar including the roofs or domes. It is truly a stone village. They have been wonderfully restored and we had great fun climbing around in them reminding each other to watch our heads. People must have been a lot shorter then.
Left the Village of Bories and had a bit more time so decided to explore Goult that I had seen on the Internet and drove to the D900 and east to Lumières where we turned toward Goult. Easily parked in front of the Mairie and walked up the hill into Old Town. It is beautiful and pretty unspoiled. At the top of the hill is an historic windmill and views forever. Took lots of photos and hiked back down into the very neat, clean village. It was hot and we were dry so we stopped at the local café for Perrier and really appreciated it.
We stopped at the local Goult epicerie for groceries and Ed found the Ventoux wine we all love. Great little grocery. We got bread at a boulangerie across from the parking lot and started to wind our way home. We were very careful and had no misturns this time so were home very quickly. Starting to feel at home here . . .
Jean and Peg brought in their dry clothes and we settled on the patio for supper. Good bread, good cheese, good wine and good melon. Great day!