En vacance en Provence

We’re just back from a wonderful holiday with Gordon’s family in Claviers in Provence. I didn’t really have much of a clue what to expect before we set out but it turned out to be incredible. The weather in the area at that time of year can be very changeable but we were lucky with the temperature being in the low to mid 20s virtually all week with very little rain. The view of the village from the villa was spectacular. Sitting on the patio looking out over this was pretty special.

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Beers (left for us by the villa’s owners) on the patio on arrival.

Claviers is a small medieval village in the foothills of the Alps and it was well worth exploring. It didn’t take long to discover the local bar/restaurant The Cote Terrasse.

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We were frequently joined by the bar’s cat

 

 

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The church in the central square in Claviers

 

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The Boules court

Lavoir where the villagers used to congregate to do their washing

Lavoir where the villagers used to congregate to do their washing

Street in the oldest part of Claviers

Street in the oldest part of Claviers

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The houses are very picturesque, if a little crumbly

Gord and Heth finding the route for the next part of our walk around the village

Gord and Heth examining the map to find the route for the next part of our walk around the village

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View from the top of the village to the distant hills

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Gord and Heth still debating about the route of our walk

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Statue commemorating the French Resistance

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Medieval Church at the top of the village

I made it my mission most mornings to pop down to the boulangerie to buy the day’s bread, croissants and pain au chocolat – having to use my very rusty schoolgirl French made great practice for when we eventually get the barge and head off down the Canal du Midi.

BoulangerieI’ll leave the descriptions of our outings for another blog – we’re on the Gloucester Sharpness Canal, waiting for a weather window to go up the Bristol Channel and get into Bristol Docks. Unfortunately it looks like that won’t be happening for nearly another week leaving me plenty of time and not much else to write about!

 

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