Adventurer's Index, France, Galleries, Slow Lane, Uncategorized Villages of the Luberon: A Gallery Posted on February 14, 2014March 7, 2018Author Slowlanefrance For three sunny days, we dawdled through the Luberon Mountains, visiting three ‘old friends’ — St-Saturnin-les-Apt, Lourmarin and Ansouis — and four villages we’d never before seen. This picture is of Ansouis, which has its own chateau, a friendly and lively B&B named Patio en Luberon, and our favorite restaurant in all of France, La Closerie. Check when it’s open before you head this way. We started the trip at Bar des Amis (bar of the friends) in St-Saturnin-les-Apt, where the waiter let us eat our sandwiches in the sunshine in exchange for buying coffee. “Profitez du soleil,” one woman told a friend — enjoy the sunshine. We did, and then hiked to the ruins above the village. There’s an elegant B&B a short distance from town called Le Mas Perreal. But save this one for a splurge. Our second stop was the village of Buoux, a place we’d never been. It was mostly shuttered but for this old fellow who took his dog and horses out for a spin. But we had come for Fort De Buoux, a massive ruin that was open but absolutely deserted but for Kathy and I. The Fort de Buoux is worth its own story. Here is a taste. Lacoste, on day two, was new to us as well. It was once home of the Marquis De Sade, the father of sadism. The marquis’ chateau was bought some years back by the clothing designer Pierre Cardin. Another tony newcomer to our travels was Menerbes, the village made famous by Peter Mayle’s “Year in Provence.” Pictured here is the countryside below. Memerbes is charming, with lots of nooks and crannies. But the most exciting new discovery of the second day was the sleepy village of Oppede-le-Vieux, which visitors reach by foot on the way to the magificent medieval fortifications above it. Places in Oppede-Le-Vieux could use a coat of paint. But there’s lots of little surprises in Oppede-le-Vieux and much more in the ruins above. A cat greets visitors to Oppede-le-Vieux on a tranquil February afternoon. Valentine’s Day was market day in Lourmarin, perhaps our favorite Luberon village …. Lourmarin, with its 15th and 16th century chateau and easy-going friendliness. But even on Valentine’s Day, this fellow apeared to be looking for love — we hope in the right places.