After our truly unforgettable Trafalgar Tours Be My Guest lunch, the countryside beckoned us for further exploration. Unfortunately, the light of day was quickly disappearing into the Cyprus trees and we did not have the luxury to make stops along the way, thus my eyes were glued to the passing scenery outside the windows of our coach. The goal was to make it to the village of Gordes in time for the sunset.
Gordes is the kind of place that inspires artists to create museum worthy masterpieces or authors to write bestselling novels. The perilously perched village cascades down the side of a mountain and at night glitters magical colors. We made it just in time to watch it be enveloped by darkness; casting a glow of enviable peacefulness from afar.
I am not sure how our stomachs could possibly fit anymore food into them, but come dinner time they were ready to be filled yet again. This time our Tour Director Jonathan was able to sweet talk the owners of Hostellerie Le Château (84800 Fontaine De Vaucluse) to open their closed restaurant for us.
As you can see from the above photo, the restaurant is built along the river that runs through the village, thus their specialty is the local seafood they catch from it daily. I am a devoted vegetarian, however, every once in a while I simply cannot say no to seafood and I had to try their scallops. Besides the fact that Gordes is picturesquely beautiful, I highly recommend you visit for the scallops alone. They are cooked in a rich butter and champagne cream sauce that leaves you speechless.
On our drive back to Aix-en-Provence, I promised myself that I would return to Gordes for a week in the future. In fact, I even put it on my Bucket List to insure that it happens.