Village 1 :: the ancient perched hilltop village of Les Baux de Provence
Village 2 :: the medieval hilltop village of of Vaison la Romaine
Village 3 :: the quiet, sleepy village of Monieux
Village 4 :: the beautiful, serene village of Ville Sur Auzon
Four Provençal villages.
The first two were pretty much given over to tourists, yet they were bustling with visitors taking in the history and enjoying the ambiance.
The second two were much more "real" and lived in, yet unbelievably quiet with near deserted streets.
We weren't in these villages to do anything in particular, it was all about just Being There and soaking up the atmosphere. That was one of the lovely things about the way Provence Temptations had designed the tour, it was just so relaxed and enabled us to simply enjoy. I felt like I was made of sponge, like I wanted to soak up every scrap of what I was seeing and feeling.....
.....the warmth of the sun, the intensity of the light, the most beautiful sun-faded colours on walls, doors and shutters, the abundance of flowers, the crumbling stone, the winding cobbled streets, the steps here there and everywhere, the old olive and plane trees rising up through pavements, the unexpected views, the rustic simplicity. All of this and so much more.
It's hard to describe how lovely it was simply to wander slowly around these small villages. We walked and walked and walked and there was such beauty and charm around every corner. I enjoyed it enormously, it made my heart swell ♥
Tomorrow, I'm taking you to one more place, my favourite of the whole trip. See you then....