Perfect views of Peter Mayle’s Provence
More than anywhere else in Provence, the Luberon region comes to us these days in soft focus, as a voluptuous playground for the cultured – or, at least, the fairly well-off. This agreeable world was well-covered by Peter Mayle. But Mayle’s real talent was also to catch the underlying reality of the Luberon: the village shopkeepers and workmen, the hunters and the farmers. Get your first eyeful of how lovely these Luberon villages are in Gordes (pictured), which creeps down its hillside with both drama and intimacy. delving into the rock itself. The main street – two donkeys wide, at best – rises along a ridge to what’s left of the castle at the top. spectacular drive, swinging up to wooded headlands, down to resorts of brightly permanent impermanence. It ends at Bormes, quite the loveliest of many lovely perched villages punctuating this littoral.