We have happy memories of the village of Gordes from a family holiday a few years ago, and that was the first place she wanted to visit. So we set off, noting that the temperature was above zero as we left Céreste - the thaw is finally setting in!
Gordes is absolutely beautiful, the epitome of the French village perchée.
They've got way less snow here than in Céreste, but there was this amazing ice curtain beside the road on the way into village.
This is the posh end of the Lubéron, as we realised when we saw who the local estate agent is!
It was very quiet - it's definitely not tourist season at the moment - but we had a nice walk around looking at the old ruins below the town as well as the quaint cobblestone alleyways of the town itself.
We sat outdoors on the balcony of a coffee shop, looking out over the valley below.
Then we carried on to l'Isle sur la Sorgue, which is a town built on a couple of islands on the river Sorgue. It's been compared to Venice.... I don't agree, there really is nowhere like Venice! l'Isle sur la Sorgue is a lovely spot, though, very pretty with the little waterways running through it, and it's well supplied with cafés and antique shops.
The LongSufferingHusband had been hankering for Moules Frites and he got his wish!
We carried on to Avignon and had a quick drive through the old part of the town. It's a beautiful city and deserves a day trip all of it's own, so we'll plan that for a future visitor.
We left Avignon in a balmy 14C, and drove back to Céreste, watching the temperature gauge on the car drop steadily all the way home. It finally stopped at 4C just as we reached home - well, at least it's above freezing!