It was 8:30 in the morning when we alighted at our first “Most Beautiful Villages of France” destination. It was a Friday and we coincided our (very short) visit with the Lourmarin Market Day.
With our luggages in tow, we headed towards the center of the village. Our first impression of the village: QUIET. It was just our chitchat and the sound of our luggage wheels on the cobblestone street that we could hear. There was no one in sight, not what we expected at this time of the day, and it being a market day.
The first thing we noticed, the houses were lovely in their traditional Provencal fashion. And the doors… And windows… And the vines that adds more character to these homes… We couldn’t help but take photos every after some steps 🙂
It is easy to see why Lourmarin has been included in the list of “Most Beautiful Villages of France”. Just by walking and getting lost in their winding alleys, there is so much character and history.
We approached the village proper after a hundred meters or so, and we were welcomed by these Frenchmen who were cleaning town 🙂 They noticed me preparing to take a photo of the vine-covered building behind, and they struck a pose!
Onwards we went straight to the Friday Market as we only have about an hour before the bus to Bonnieux arrives. The stores are just opening and the market is not yet buzzing with locals and tourists alike. The staple products such as cheese, sausage and fresh produce are present, but I think my vote for the best Vaclause market will have to go to L’Isle sur Le Sorgue. Anyhow, we didn’t have a lot of time, so we hurried checking out the goods.
We managed to get to the bus stop to catch our bus to Bonnieux which also holds its Market Day that day. You might be thinking if we were carrying our luggage with us as we were doing the rounds… Well, we just didn’t have a taste of Lourmarin’s beauty, we were treated to its locals’ kindness and hospitality. We approached a bakery and requested nicely if we can leave our things while we roam around their village. They agreed, allowing us a convenient leisurely walk around 🙂 Thank you, Boulangerie La Maison du Gibassier A’ Lourmarin!