Gordes truly is a quaint and welcoming village. It is perched precariously on the face of a steep hill and boasts many beautiful buildings, constructed predominantly from the local limestone. The views out to the Vaucluse area of Provence below are spectacular. For those who are familiar with Mr Bean movies, Gordes featured in "Mr Bean's Holiday"!
After our morning in Gordes, we drove a short distance to the nearby Senanque Abbey. Founded in 1148, this Cistercian monk abbey is still occupied by the monks, who depend on the lavender from their fields - as well as honey - for their livelihood. We were unable to enter the abbey, and could only imagine how even more beautiful it must look when its surrounding lavender fields are in full bloom.
Our final stop today was again only a little further afield, at "Le Village des Bories," just outside of Gordes. Bories are igloo- shaped stone huts, whose history dates back over 3000 years. Made entirely of stone and stacked into mortar -free shelters for farmers, livestock and farming produce, the ones near Gordes were abandoned at the beginning of the 19th century. They are now are an historical site. We enjoyed ducking under the doorways and exploring the small village of bories - ever-thankful that we no longer have to live in such conditions!
|View from beautiful Gordes to the valley below|
|Rue de la Poste, Gordes|
|Tricia on one of Gordes' quaint cobbled streets|
|Gordes' Romanesque church|
|St Jean D'Arc, Gordes Church|
|Sean, Brett Snr, Eloise and Brett atop Gordes village|
|Overlooking the valley below Gordes|
|Eloise enjoys the scenery from Gordes|
|Limestone walls and blooms in Gordes|
|A purrfect way to spend a day - Gordes, Provence|
|View below Gordes|
|Senanque Abbey, near Gordes|
|Lavendar fields wait to bloom again near Senanque Abbey|
|Rudimentary limestone entrance to "Village des Bories"|
|The captivating bories|
|Eloise inside a larger borie|
|Acorns ripen in the autumn sun at "Le Village des Bories"|
|Tricia, Brett Snr and Eloise at the borie village near Gordes|
|Oh, to imagine how life must have been...|
|A lasting impression of Senanque Abbey's surrounds in Autumn|