France & Italy With Trafalgar Tours: Day 3 (Part 2)

December 5, 2011

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.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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44 thoughts on “France & Italy With Trafalgar Tours: Day 3 (Part 2)

  1. Gourmet Chick

    Stunning photos. I hope you survived ok as a vegetarian/occasional pescatarian in France – the French are not generally known for their understanding of non meat eating preferences! But oh the food is so good there…

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      Honestly, I’m used to getting negative attention being a veggie, since I’ve spent SO much time in Argentina — the meat eating capitol of the world. It does drive me crazy, but I just ignore it and yes I did get a lot of it in France haha. I simply couldn’t say no to the scallops though. I would have regretted that!!!

  2. Murissa

    Looks spectacular and delicious!
    I love the smaller towns that are sometimes even more inspiring than the larger cities that we all dream of.
    Jonathan must be pretty charming to get the owner to open their restaurant! Very special!

    The Wanderfull Traveler

    1. Andi Perullo Post author

      I agree 100% that smaller towns have a certain charm that bigger cities could never have because of their size. That’s why I desire to return to Gordes over Paris! However, I would never turn down a trip to Paris haha. Jonathan is INCREDIBLY charming!!! Thanks for commenting! 🙂


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