Samedi- June 06, 2009
Amazingly, we wake before our alarm at 6:15. Already packed, we are out the door at 6:45 with a breakfast in our belly and packed sandwiches and fruit for lunch. The #16 Tram takes us to the train station on time. It’s a nice, comfortable, $80 trip to Avignon. We arrive in France and rent our Renault- nice and new but unfortunately with a dent, which cause us a slight but aggravating delay.
Although we get lost on the way to our Hotel Saint Louis (between Isle sur la Sorgue and Thor) we at least headed in the right direction. But, hey getting lost is a good thng! Infact, this time it was the best thing that could have happened.
We stumble upon an amazing 12th century fortified convent- The Chartreuse de Bonpas – located on the border between the Comtar Venaissin and Provance in the Rhone Valley, which is also a splendid vineyard. We take a free tour,stroll the french style gardens and the old pond which was transformed into a pool in the 1960. Places here are very mysterious! Of course we buy many outstanding bottles of wine. Dolores and I were very thirsty after all that driving.
Next stop- Gordes!
There are hardly words to describe Gordes. It is a lovely traditional Provencal hilltop village with cobblestone streets and winding roads that lead to churches and castles. An understatement to say it’s extremely photogentic and magical. For me, although it is considered a tourist travel spot, it absolutely captured the essence of the south of France. It was just heaven to stroll the streets, have a glass of French wine at an outdoor cafe and take photos of the breathtaking views. We felt like we were on top of the world. Don’t miss Gordes!
Finally, after our day on another planet, we really do need to eat. There was absolutely nothing in Thor, but an amazing dinner was had right at our own hotel. Bon Appetite and Goodnight finally at 2AM!