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Oppède-le-Vieux and Ménerbes - two very picturesque villages

Saturday, September 6, 2014


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Oppède-le-Vieux from the parking lot

Oppède-le-Vieux from the parking lot

A more relaxed day . . . we drove northeast past Cavaillon to Oppède-le-Vieux and found the parking lot. They have footprint facilities there but very clean and well lit. We walked up the stroller path to the village so I wouldn’t have to stumble up all the steps which would have been shorter. Cataracts will be removed when we get home next month and I should then be able to bound up and down steps again when I can see where I'm going.

Eglise Notre-Dame d'Alidon

Eglise Notre-Dame d'Alidon

Arrived at centre ville and started the cobblestone hike up to the church. I was a sweaty mess when we arrived and there were two large tour groups ahead of us. We worked our way in between the groups and the church is a treasure. Outside we clambered up the rocks for spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and perched villages in the distance.
View of Mt. Ventoux from Eglise Notre Dame d'Alidon

View of Mt. Ventoux from Eglise Notre Dame d'Alidon



Oppède-le-Vieux

Oppède-le-Vieux

Walked/stumbled back down chased by a tour group so I took a right turn to escape them. They followed. Sigh . . . We let them pass and explored the tiny village a little before returning to the parking lot.

Street scene in Ménerbes

Street scene in Ménerbes

Retrieved the car and drove to nearby Ménerbes where we followed signs to parking. Walked into town and started checking restaurants. We finally decided on La Galoubet on the main street and settled on their lovely shaded patio. The girls got a goat cheese tart that looked scrumptious and they both loved. Ed & I got the 16 euro menu of porc confit which came with barley and a salad. It was fork tender and delicious. Jean got profiterolles and the rest of us got seriously dark chocolate ice cream. The coffee was also excellent. Really nice lunch! [Le Galoubet, 104 rue Marcellin Poncet, Ménerbes 84560; +33 (0)4 9072-3608; fax: +33 (0)4 9072-5238; https://www.facebook.com/legaloubet; maeva452@aol.com]

L’Eglise St Luc,  Ménerbes

L’Eglise St Luc, Ménerbes

We walked all over Ménerbes finding towers, campaniles and viewpoints. It’s a very picturesque town. The church was, unfortunately, locked so we didn’t get in.

Wedding in Mollégès

Wedding in Mollégès

We let our GPS get us home through the ever-confusing Cavaillon and it didn’t work perfectly but we’ve spent enough time there that we figured it out. We stopped at Utile for supplies and there was a wedding at the Hotel de Ville where we parked. That was exciting. We had front-row seats at our parking place. I took lots of pictures. Then we went home to put groceries away.

Antique French car in Eygalières

Antique French car in Eygalières

Rested and checked e-mail, then headed to Eygalières for church. We arrived early so walked through the very cute town. Went back up to church and it was much nicer than Mollégès. [Weekend Mass - Saturday 6:00 PM at Eglise Saint Lawrence, Republique St., Eygalieres, France 13810; 0+33 (0)4 9092-1051 or +33 (0)4 9095-9649; http://upsaintremy.free.fr/ and the Church is St. Laurent in Eygalieres]

Home to dinner on our patio and Ma’Demoiselle, the gite cat joined us. Lovely day . . .

Posted by Beausoleil 15:27 Archived in France

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