A Travellerspoint blog

Lagnes with some amazing tiny bories and Lacoste


View Provence 2014 on Beausoleil's travel map.

Bridge over the Sorgue River near Fontaine-de-Vaucluse

Bridge over the Sorgue River near Fontaine-de-Vaucluse

I’m behind in my Journal . . . busy days. On Monday we decided to visit the small villages of Lagnes where Carol Lynn and David had stayed and then Lacoste of Marquis de Sade fame. We got a fairly early start because we had to go through Cavaillon . . . always a challenge. We took the easy (long) way around and up to the D900 and it went well. We even found a magnificent bridge on the way and stopped for photos.

Lagnes

Lagnes


Fountain in Lagnes

Fountain in Lagnes

We arrived in Lagnes and started the parking search. We ended up driving clear through the tiny town so turned around and went back to a small parking lot and got the last place. Hooray! We set off uphill to explore and it was early enough that even the church wasn’t open. We saw a tiny street going uphill so followed it to discover a huge stone wall surrounding the château. We followed around the wall until I noticed several small stone bories decorating a doorway. We stopped to look and discovered a courtyard full of little bories of all descriptions. Then we saw them placed carefully along the château wall. Evidently a retired gentleman makes them as a hobby and they appear all around the château. Great fun! We later read an article about the gentleman in a local news magazine.
Little model bories made by a retired gentleman in Lagnes

Little model bories made by a retired gentleman in Lagnes


Arriving in Lacoste

Arriving in Lacoste

Street in Lacoste

Street in Lacoste


We walked to the top of the hill and back down snapping pictures, then retrieved the car and drove to Lacoste. Parking was well marked at the entrance to town as was the road to the village or ancient part of Lacoste. We hiked up and met two artists working outside their gallery and then visited the church. We started looking for lunch and had only one choice, Café de France. Every other restaurant was closed on Monday. A happy accident as it turned out.

Café de France

Café de France

We found a pleasant vine-shaded table overlooking the valley with Bonnieux on the opposite hill. With a gentle breeze and an excellent menu, we had a great lunch. We both got the menu du jour and chose brochettes of beef which were excellent. There was a separate bowl of frites that was way too much food but they were tasty. It was a delightful place for a meal and the only down side was that they don’t take credit cards. We used real money from our dwindling supply of cash. Later discovered David and Carol Lynn had stopped here for lunch when they visited Lacoste. Funny coincidence . . . [Café de France, L’Auberge du Village 84480 Lacoste; +33 (0)4 9075-8225; apparently no web site]

Lacoste walk to the château

Lacoste walk to the château


Lacoste walk to the château

Lacoste walk to the château

After lunch we started the long climb to the top on very slippery cobblestones. Thankfully, they had hand railings part of the way. They must have known I was coming. It is beautiful and worth the climb. At the ruined château it gets very steep and rocky but at the top it’s a huge flat space with a full view of the castle and several sculptures related to the Marquis de Sade who once lived here. For those who can't deal with slippery cobblestones even with handrailings, there is a road and parking at the château. There are some very interesting sculptures and wonderful views from the château.
Château de Lacoste

Château de Lacoste


Arbre de la Vie, sculpture by Ettore Greco at  Château de Lacoste

Arbre de la Vie, sculpture by Ettore Greco at Château de Lacoste


Mt. Ventoux from the  Château de Lacoste

Mt. Ventoux from the Château de Lacoste



Mt. Ventoux on the walk back down into Lacoste

Mt. Ventoux on the walk back down into Lacoste

Another shot of Mt. Ventoux walking down from the Château

Another shot of Mt. Ventoux walking down from the Château

The trip down was equally slippery with the added distraction of a magnificent view of Mt. Ventoux appearing around every corner. It was just stunning.

Got the car and drove toward Apt to catch the road to the bridge at Mallemort . . . so much easier than Cavaillon! We stopped in a Simply Supermarché in Sénas for evening picnic supplies. Love French cheese . . . Love relaxing on our shaded patio.

Posted by Beausoleil 07:53 Archived in France Tagged mountains scenery lacoste lagnes bories

Email this entryFacebookStumbleUpon

Table of contents

Be the first to comment on this entry.

This blog requires you to be a logged in member of Travellerspoint to place comments.

Enter your Travellerspoint login details below

( What's this? )

If you aren't a member of Travellerspoint yet, you can join for free.

Join Travellerspoint