22.09.2014 - 23.09.2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.