Images from the Vaucluse
|this is a pre-season cafe terrace on the river Sorgue River at Fontaine de Vaucluse|
Think about Côtes du Rhône wine, le lavendre, le Tour de France, great weather, and more of France's really nice people, and you will want to come to the Vaucluse in the Luberon - again, and again, and again.
Châteauneuf du Pape, was, of course, the big castle retreat for the French Popes from Avignon. This, during the schism, when Rome lost the papacy to France. The photo shows the ruins of the Château today.
|View of the Rasteau vineyards (last week of March) from the top of the old city. |
Mount Ventoux is hiding in haze, top left.
A vigneron we had come to know in Rasteau, the premier wine producing area of the Vaucluse, was unequivocal about the wine from his region being of no lesser quality than the highly marketed wines of the neighbouring Châteauneuf region.
During the last 2 weeks of March, leaves on the vines began to sprout. Daily, we could see the green shoot out and unfold in the warming sun.
windblown again, following an after-lunch climb to the top of the city
The Provençal market in Vaison is noted to be one of the best in France. We have shopped here often during several sojourns in the city.
The paella man was a winner at our table, partly because he did the cooking, but mostly, because of the riot of tastes.
Which way do we go?
The road up Mount Ventoux was closed for the season.
It always looks like there is snow on the peak of Mount Ventoux, but it is really the limestone. However, in mid-March this most definitely was snow.
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