Magical Luberon Memories

Magical Luberon Memories

Le Luberon, 18-25 September, 2012 (This tour is no longer available)

‘Wow, what a fantastic smell!’

We were in the lively market in the town of Rousillon, where the aroma of fresh nougat being made competed with the scents of stalls selling saussison, charcuterie and cheeses – making our lunch purchase decision a difficult if very pleasurable one. To follow our great meal, we visited the old ochre workings and had a fascinating walk around the well-organised parkland.

The fascinating landscape around the old ochre works

Another visual treat was the fantastic collection of bronze sculptures at the ancient Chateau De Sade – now owned by the Pierre Cardin organisation – but with a town name of Lacoste it’s no wonder!

Great sculpture of the head of the bad boy inside a metal cage.

With all the great walks it’s hard to choose a highlight, but the long walk through Gargas to the mediaeval town of St. Saturnin and back was a strong contender. Tremendous ruins, and a real sense of history – it was very easy to see where the old ‘High Street’ and dwellings would have been. Don’t miss the hidden reservoir – the ‘no bathing’ signs half way up a hill should give a clue.

Crossing the old Roman bridge, Pont St. JulienExploring the ruins of St. Saturnin

Another memorable walk was heading into Apt for market day – easily the biggest provincial town market any of us had seen. Stalls covered every square, street and alleyway of the old town and sold every kind of food and produce, as well as everything else from tiny trinkets to mattresses!

Entertainers were around every corner and the walk to and from Apt – plus seeing everything in the market – meant that some of us covered over 11 miles. Not bad for our ‘day off’!

Jazz trio at Apt on market day

One morning was washed out by a downpour but we did a short 6-mile afternoon walk and also visited the old Ochre Mines at Broux which are quite amazing especially considering they were done completely by hand and had to retain vaulted ceilings and columns to prevent collapse – and they extend to over 40 kms.

A really terrific holiday and week’s walking and no flying!