I had read Lourmarin’s Market Day was great, so it was on our “must do” for the day. We found a great parking spot, and started down the trail into the village. We are amazed to see snails all over the fence along the way! https://www.provenceweb.fr/e/vaucluse/lourmari/lourmari.htm
The town was hopping with locals and some tourists, all enjoying the fabulous warm sunny day in Provence. The band playing set the perfect mood to wander through the market and shop.
There were so many things I wanted to buy and bring home!!! There was artisan goods, food, and cool stuff in every vendor’s booth, and we all bought lots of treasures. We bought black truffle cheese (about $70 worth unknowingly – “slice us about that much” we said!), a stylish shirt for Wally, a cashmere shawl for me, some Italian linen dresses (so cheap!!), lavender essential oil, and several other odds and ends.
Le Comptor was THE place to lunch, and after putting our name on the list, we got a table a while later (shopping in the mean time of course). The rose wine was divine, and all of our dishes were perfect. Wally ordered the steak tartare (rare pile of meat, bleck), but he seemed to enjoy it.
Lourmarin is a very small village, so we browsed all the shops on our way out. Wally struck up a conversation with an Asian American golfer, and we saw the Lourmarin castle from the village.
Time to go… next village awaits.
Onward to Roussillion, village famous for their red ochre cliffs and buildings. http://roussillon-en-provence.fr/english.html.
Here’ s a bit of the drive along the windy, hill road.. don’t watch it if you get car sick!
We made a brief stop at the top to take a panorama picture…
There was a recently harvested lavender field – wish we could have seen it in bloom!
We found the parking lot and made our way to the side of the cliffs, where they have information about the red ochre cliffs and the town. What a gorgeous setting!
It didn’t take us long to walk around the village, and I bought several little painted dishes from the ceramic artist at Atelier Marchand de Couleurs. https://www.marchand-couleurs.fr/qui-sommes-nous.php The town is just so picturesque! We had some cocktails and snacks before getting back in the car to go on to Gordes.
It was getting late in the afternoon when we got to Gordes, so we decided on a “drive-through” of the village. The stacked stone walls everywhere are pretty amazing!
We drove back to our apartment in Aix to relax and recover from our whirlwind day! And it’s time to pack up – we leave Aix and drive north to Chamonix and Mont Blanc tomorrow.