August 31, 2014
31.08.2014 - 01.09.2014
Woke and all managed to shower without problems. We had ghosts slamming doors last night so no one got much sleep. Drove to Gare de Mollégès for breakfast at their boulangerie and then into Eygalières where we parked and walked up through the vieux village to the closed museum and enjoyed gorgeous views of the Luberon. It’s a beautiful cobblestone village with amazing views. The closed museum is in a 12th century church. [Musée Maurice Pezet in Eygalières, http://www.softseattravel.com/Eygalieres-History.html]
Drove back to Mollégès to wait for church and the bells finally called us. Had trouble following the service because of a really bad speaker system but we survived. After church, we walked to Utile to get groceries and got everything except cereal. They had a very slim choice. We’ll try later someplace else. Drove home and put things away and headed out for lunch.
We quickly found Mas du Capoun on the D31 into town, parked and entered. Expensive on a Sunday but a great choice. We all got the 37 euro menu (no choice). We were given an amuse bouche of mushroom ravioli with saucisson sec and a pureed vegetable soup that was scrumptious. I got the scallop starter with mashed potatoes and bacon; Jean got a lobster starter and Ed & Peg got a shrimp starter. For a main, Jean & I got the chicken; Ed & Peg got the pork. For dessert we all got the chocolate mousse and it was spectacular. It was an excellent meal and I met the chef because they had a Haitian painting and I asked about it and told them I had played in an orchestra in Haiti for years. It seems the chef/owner’s grandfather was Haitian who studied in Belgium and married a Belgian. Interesting! [Mas de Capoun, 27 ave. de Paluds, 13940 Mollégès; tel +33 (0)4 9026-0712; fax +33 (0)4 9026-0817; www.masducapoun.com; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org]
After dinner we drove out to Chapel St. Sixte outside of Eygalières where there were a million dried snails fastened to every stalk of grass. From a distance they looked like strange tiny flowers. We walked around the beautiful chapel on a hill and marveled at the lonely beauty of the place. Then we spent the rest of the afternoon driving to the Moulin de Vernègues which has completely changed, very modern and completely lacking in charm. It’s growing like crazy with new building, complete redecorating, new restaurant menu (that did look better!) but not Provençal in feeling at all. It used to be so charming. Progress . . .
Then stopped at Charleval and walked around the little village which is growing and modernizing. Moved on to the Abbey at Silvacane and it’s gone slick commercial too with a new, too-small parking lot and a hike to the abbey. We arrived at closing so only got outside photos. It’s all strongly fenced now. Prosperity doesn’t do much for charm.
Drove home and checked e-mail and relaxed on our patio with a very nice Côtes du Rhone. Love our gite in the country!