Both Shona and Kevin were keen to have lunch at the Café de la Gare at Bonnieux, having read about it here and in Peter Mayle's Year in Provence. We also planned a bit of wine-tasting and a visit to the village of Roussillon, home to some of Provence's famous Ochre cliffs.
On to the Café de la Gare, where we had another excellent meal - buffet starter, duck confit, dessert and wine, still only €15! Kevin was less impressed than the rest of us, though, he's used to Catalan prices where he'd have had the same meal for €8 (so he says anyway).
We waddled out of the Café with the intention of tasting wine in the Bonnieux Co-operative across the road, only to find that they were still on lunch break until 2.30, another twenty minutes. To kill time, we went up to Lacoste, which is a nearby hilltop village.
|Shone & Martine looking across the valley from Lacoste to Bonnieux|
Shona was keen to find the factory shop, but there were no signs with little crocodiles on them (joke!!) so we drove into the village and read the tourist information sign. Wow! We hadn't realised that the Lacoste Chateau was the home of the Marquis de Sade. Well, of course we had to walk up to the Chateau, just to say we'd been there, here's the proof :
|Campanile on the way up to the Chateau|
|"Arms" sculpture, with Mont Ventoux in the background.|
|The Marquis, imprisoned for eternity beside the |
scene of his depravities
|From the "arms" to the Chateau.|
|Shone & Martine on the way up to the |
Chateau, Bonnieux in the background
Um, did the Marquis have some sort of "arm" fetish going on? Just wondering, giving the elongated arms in the "arms" sculpture and the floating arms underneath his imprisoned head in the other one. If you know, tell us, but we don't want lots of gory details, ok? (I might need to start "approving" comments after this post!)
Back to Bonnieux, tasted some wine, Anne and Shona bought some and then we carried on to Roussillon. None of us had been there before and we were unprepared for the beauty of the town.
We did a half hour walking tour of the Ochre cliffs, where we were blown away by the natural colours and textures all around.
|Tired and dusty!|
Shona and Anne had been invited to a friend's house for Aperitifs that evening, so we parted company once we got back to Céreste. The LSH, Kevin and I had a pleasant snack of melted cheese (it's already in the recipe section!) and spent the rest of the evening reminiscing around the fire.
Thanks Kevin for all the wonderful photos!