Per­fect views of Peter Mayle’s Provence

The Sunday Telegraph - Travel - - Front Page -

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.

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