The village of Mormoiron where we stayed last week with Provence Temptations was small, ancient, picturesque and peaceful. It kind of nestled itself so beautifully into the surrounding landscape that it seemed as if it had been there forever. That's it in the picture above, taken from a local vineyard where we had an exclusive tour of the winery. It was really interesting to learn about the whole wine making process from the grape vine to the labelled bottle, and even more interesting to sample the various wines made there. Although I am blissfully ignorant when it comes to wine I did try really hard to recognise the hidden flavours that the knowledgeable wine lady was talking about. They all tasted scrummy to me.
I love these tall skinny trees and we saw them a lot as we travelled around Provence. I forget what they are called now, is it Cypress? Like much of this landscape, they made me feel a bit like I was walking inside a Van Gogh painting.
We went to many High Up Places when we travelled around and about. Sometimes the sheer height of where we found ourselves was really mind blowing. This rocky place is at the very top of Les Baux-de-Provence, a most picturesque and ancient hilltop village.
The views of the surrounding countryside were stunning...
....and I loved the green patchwork of fertile fields and olive groves spread out below.
The driving around and about between all the High Up Places was simultaneously spectacular and terrifying. Ooooooo those hair pin bends! Eeeeeek those sheer drops! But it was all worth while when we came to somewhere like this......
WOW!!!! Check that out! This is a famous piece of road which runs through the Gorges de la Nesque. It's famous due to lots of bicycles, ie the Tour de France, which comes this way.
Simply stunning scenery.
Ahh, we are back on two feet now, the car has been left down by the river and we've walked up here to take in the view. This is another beautiful High Up Place, the old medieval part of a town called Vaison-la-Romaine.
More patchwork fields of grape vines, so lush and beautiful to look at. Incidentally, I took lots of pictures in the old town which I'll show you tomorrow, it was wonderfully atmospheric.
One of the things I was a little sad about was that October isn't lavender time. I would really, really have loved to be in this area in the summer months just to see the landscape wearing it's purple haze. The dried out greeny-brown version wasn't quite as pretty.
These particular lavender fields are famous in the region as they are tended to by Cistercian monks who live and work at Sénanque Abbey.
It was so serene and peaceful here, even though I kept wishing I could see and smell the lavender.
This incredible bridge was the last scenic tour we made during our week in Provence. It's an ancient Roman aqueduct bridge called the Pont du Gard, and is one of the most incredible, humongous structures I have ever set eyes on. It's hard to convey the scale of it, it's seriously massive I'm telling you.
Look, see? See how teeny-tiny those people look? It was an amazing place to be, both on the bridge itself, and down along the riverside looking up at the bridge. It was awe-some. And then some.
I love this last picture, it looks like it could be a painting don't you think?
In fact, the whole of Provence was impossibly picturesque and scenic. I adored feeling like I was somehow a part of it, that I could stroll about, gaze at the views, take it all in and feel like I was living inside a painting. It was a wonderful sensation.
Tomorrow I'm taking you through some really pretty little Provence villages, see you then....