Standing out majestically over the Luberon is one of the most beautiful villages in Provence called Gordes. We love to go there whenever we are in Provence for day trips to see the Abbey de Senoque and to wander the town.
Gordes’ architecture is reminiscent of its Roman beginnings. The houses and buildings are clad in white stone and the village roads wind down the hillside surrounding a lovely Chateau. The view from the south looking up at the town is breathtaking.
One of our days on this trip we decided to explore the town and meet up for lunch a La Renaissance. The bistro is nestled in a quiet corner of the town square not far from the Chateau, surrounded by lovely shops and bakeries.
We ate on the outdoor patio while relaxing in the early afternoon sun. For lunch we dined on wonderfully fresh Salad Nicoise that tasted like a mouthful of summer, pasta served with fresh tomatoe sauce, buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil and some local wines. It was a lovely spot to stop for lunch allowing us time to relax and enjoy the conversation and the meal in the very relaxed Provençal style.
If you have seen the movie “A Good Year” starring Russell Crowe you may recognize this bistro as the place where Fanny Chenil worked. When we were planning our trip I asked each of my friends to first watch the movie to get a sense of the area where we would be staying since many of the scenes were shot around Roussillon in Gordes, Bonnieux and Cucoron. Then as we toured the district I would point out places that they had seen on the movie.
Chateau la Canorgue which is the main focus of the movie is no longer open to the public for wine tasting since the movie was released due to the popularity of the film. I had the good fortune to be in Roussillon on a previous trip just as filming had wrapped up. We went for a private wine tasting and tour of the Chateau and spent a perfectly delightful afternoon as the owner regaled us with stories of the filming in his historic home.
For those of you who are armchair travelers I suggest renting the movie to see how lovely this part of France is while enjoying the romantic story.