We really loved this area of Provence. We had lunch in Gordes in a lovely little restaurant called Le Bouquet de Basilic. You sit in a beautiful enclosed garden to eat and the service is friendly and efficient. This after we were turned away from a pizza restaurant on the main corner (can't remember the name) because they would not let my 10 year-old daughter and I share a plate. They insisted we each order one. In six weeks, and 4 areas of France, this is the only restaurant that did this. They were quite rude. Everything worked out for the best, however, because their rudeness led us to Le Bouquet which we loved.
The views of the village on the approach to Gordes are amazing. It doesn't even look real. Then once you're in the town, the views back over the valley are even more stunning. You can see for miles.
From Gordes, we drove to the nearby Abbey of Senanque to see the monastery and lavender field. This is a beautiful spot and is dramatically situated at the bottom of a gorge. They offer tours (narration in French only) and have a gift shop. We skipped the tour, but loved the site anyway.
The driving coming in and out of Gordes was a little intimidating for a Florida girl (South Florida is FLAT). There are a few spots where the road drops off fairly steeply, but I was brave and we survived. The rest of the area between Gordes and L'Isle is nice and flat. Just before the turnoff for Les Carmes, coming back from Gordes (wish I could remember the name of the road), is a vast field of sunflowers. It made for spectacular pictures and was as impressive as the lavender field, if not more so.
Then it was back for a chilled glass of rose' and a dip the in the pool at Les Carmes. There's no better ending to a hot day of sightseeing. James the chef came out to visit and take a break on a nearby lounge chair and told me how to make his amazing garlic fritters. I should have written it down! Oh well, there's always email.