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Go where after the Luberon?

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Go where after the Luberon?

After a four-year gap, my daughter and son-in-law are joining my husband and me for a fortnight's stay in our favourite area of Provence, the Luberon, after which they return to London. We are spending a further week in Provence but my husband is keen on seeing other areas of Provence. We don't mind spending 3 or 4 days in a couple of places. Could any kind soul give us any suggestions? We are not looking for bright lights and a hectic party scene. We are keen on wandering round old towns and villages, markets and perhaps being guided towards some wonderful restaurants. I would be so grateful for any ideas.

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1. Re: Go where after the Luberon?

Goeie Middag, Kaapstad!

Have you thought about Moustiers-Ste. Marie?

Moustiers is my favorite medieval town in France. It's a perched village, on a ledge halfway up the side of the mountain. It's 45 km east of Exit 18, the Manosque exit off the A51 autoroute.

Moustiers once had twice the population that's there now, back in the days when it was a refuge from Saracen pirates. It has a thousand-year-old crooked cathedral (it's tricky seeing the altar from the very back due to a dog leg). A little river runs through the heart of the village by way of a deep gorge.

Moustiers is famed for its lavender perfumes and for its porcelain, which you'll find sold throughout the town.

We like to climb the path up the mountainside to the little shrine 3/4 of the way up. If you do, please ring the bell for me! Going back down to the village, we got off the path to stroll through the olive groves.

There are several modestly-priced hotels in Moustiers, but since it's less than an hour from where you are, you could easily do it as a day trip. If you wanted to go a little further afield, the Grand Canyon of Verdon, a deep and scenic gorge plus look-off, start about 15 minutes drive east of the town.

Happy travels!



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2. Re: Go where after the Luberon?

David, you dear man!

Thank you so much - the weird thing is I was thinking of Moustiers and the gorges - and you have now decided it for me. I will definitely ring the bell for you if I can drag the old bod up the hill...

Thank you so much for taking the time to post this advice!

the ou Kaapse lady

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