I have been living in Provence for 3 years. There is so many places where we haven't visited yet,
beautiful villages, nature and all. We drove with our friends G and N about 1 hour away from home, fist stop Saint-Pantaléon. We visited here actually once, when our friends got married few years ago.
G's mom use to be a touristic guide, so she gave us a map she had made and tips where to go and how to obtain key to this church. It's a secret.
You know what these are?
Well, now you know.
After a short visit to the church, we drove to Ménerbes.
Ménerbes, a village with very provençal look but only for tourists. Very touristic village, many foreigners lives there (mainly artists) and can only hear english everywhere. Lunch and sigh-tseeing was enough.
After lunch and visiting Ménerbes, we headed to Lacoste as we wanted to see the village and specially the de Sade's castle. Nowadays the castle is owned by Pierre Cardin. When we arrived to the top of the hill,
the entrance to the castle was 10€. Bit too much for visiting the ruines of the castle, so we didn't enter. I do understand it costs a lot to restore the castle, but hey, it's Pierre Cardin who is the owner. I could have entered if it would be less than 5€.
Château de Marquis de Sade
Yes, this is THE guy from who's name the word "sadism" and "sadist" are derived.
When we got home, I was interested to read about de Sade more, if he was just writing sadistic stories or was he actually doing it. Yes he was. He spent half of his lifetime in jail for that.
All in all, visiting provence is always interesting - it's good to see other places than Avignon.
I am ready to move on, from Avignon city center. I hope we can move next year, then.
Even there was wind in Avignon when we left, all these villages just one hour drive away were sunny, no wind and actually I could feel the sun burning again. It was perfect sunday.
Saturday was spent inside, the Mistral wind was blowing around 90km/h (25m/s and 56mph)
it's enough to stay inside, all day.
The rest of the week, I will have a lot of work and then I'm leaving to Netherlands for work.
See you after!