Doesn’t listening to jazz under the stars in a ruined chateau sound great? Well, that’s what we did last week and it was all wonderful until the band started playing. Thirty seconds into their first song I knew I didn’t want to be there. I just don’t like new, edgie, pushing the envelope music. I want a melody, I don’t want to work at what in the world is going on. I couldn’t wait until it was over. I’m not into modern art either or symphonies that make me tired just listening to them.
We had a really good meal in St Paul. We had wanted to eat at 4-star restaurant but just couldn’t get in so we just found a place which served meals under some trees. It was a hot day so really nice to sit in the shade.
If you pass Valensole, deep in lavender country, and continue on up into the mountains, you reach a breathtakingly beautiful village called Moustier Sainte Marie. The famous faience pottery is made and sold here and there are many shops selling it. The village is divided into two halves with a narrow rocky canyon in the middle. The view of this mini-gorge, with small waterfalls down inside and medieval houses above, is beautiful. It almost feels like an Alpine village with the high cliffs over head. As we were driving there we entered a very heavy rain which thankfully stopped shortly after we arrived.
A church tower against the clearing sky. This was the last photo I took before my camera battery ran out-a rooky mistake. There is a church high up the hill above the village where we climbed and, suspended between two cliffs, is a gold star put there by a knight when he survived the crusades. It’s really a great place and well worth the drive.
One of the most visited villages in the Cote d’Azur is St Paul de Vence. You can see why when you enter through an ancient gate and climb the cobbled streets.
A very much used fountain. I took a lot of photos of people using it. I don’t think the people bathing in it knew that people were letting there dogs drink out of it too, and I saw someone put a little dog in it to cool off.
If you are a follower of the Tour de France bike race you have probably seen Mont Ventoux, although they didn’t ride there this year. We were in the area and my husband, a follower of bike races and a biker himself wanted to see it.
Almost every Sunday when we are in Provence we go to the market at St Martin de la Brasque. It’s larger than the one at Ansouis and seems to have a lot more going on.