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Published: September 16th 2012
Thank goodness for that. At some point in the night the wind decided to take a rest and when we woke it was to a beautiful day. Blue sky, superb view from our pitch across the Luberon with wisps of mist rising up the hills. Great start to the day.
Attempted to get bread from campsite reception having been told no need to reserve it. Went across at 9am to discover it was all gone (reception only opened at 8.30am !). Must try harder tomorrow or it will be cereals again.
No matter, scooter out of garage and off we went down the hill to Gordes. The walk down is apparently 25 minutes but but you can triple that for very steep walk back up. No decision really, who would walk when they have a scooter.
We had a stroll round the shops and got some lovely fresh veg. and a couple of Provencal bits and pieces including some lavender from the village of Sault a few miles away.
Almost came unstuck when I tried to buy stamps for the postcards from the post office. Went in through the sliding door which immediately shut, and bolted behind
me. Found this out when I turned to leave again having seen there was a queue and knowing I could just as easily get my timbres from the tabac next door. No chance. I was firmly locked in as post office shut at 11.30 and I entered at 11.29 + 59 seconds. Madame, the pretty useless postmistress, was not opening that door again until all remaining customers were served (very slowly!) in case any more sneaked in when she opened the door. It would have been helpful if she had lowered the grill so people outside knew she was closed but that was too easy and she preferred, instead of getting on with serving the customers she had, to flip and flap at the customers outside who kept trying to get in through the bolted door. 10 minutes later I made it to the counter. I ordered and paid for my stamps and she let the other customers out and really, rather nastily, ordered me out with them. I declined to leave, pointing out she had not actually given me my stamps. Grrrrrr. I did manage to make my escape at 11.48.
We decided to take a walk down
to get a view up to the town from the bottom of the ravine so walked right down and up and out the other side. Fantastic vantage points on the way and I got some lovely photos of this incredibly photogenic town. We then walked round the road and back into the town for an ice cream before returning to the campsite.
Lazy afternoon in the sun by the pool though Bob refused to swim more than a length as the water was rather icy. We were told that a little boy had swum into a snake in the water a couple of days ago. A dead snake it might have been but not very nice to find. I’ve seen frogs in swimming pools but so far, no snakes, I am glad to say.
At 7pm, dressed up for the evening, we went back down to Gordes on the scooter (had to tuck my skirt up to stop it getting stuck in the wheel) and had a lovely dinner at L’Artigal restaurant where we also ate out for our wedding anniversary last year. Excellent meal and we attributed it to Bob’s birthday as we never did get round
to dinner out for that this year.
Moving down to the coast tomorrow, to Sanary-sur-Mer and have tasked Bob with planning our drive through the Luberon to pass by some of the pretty villages en route.
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