2018 Day 103 – La Garde Adhemar

We’re winding our way slowly north, stopping today at La Garde-Adhemar. The village is set into a limestone spur, surrounded by defensive walls

and is also known as the white nymph of the Tricastin plain. Medieval in build and design, local specialities include goats’ cheese, honey, herbs, wine and fruits. There’s a lot to see, but for the moment, lunch is uppermost in mind.

The L’Absinthe bistro proves an excellent choice

– we’re lucky to get a table without a reservation and indeed it remains packed throughout service. This is the regional food you dream about when planning a trip to France. Chris has the duck which just melts off the bone,

and I have the veal, both with stunning autumnal mushrooms

and local wine. The cafe gourmand is far too tempting to refuse. Oops…

After lunch we take ourselves around the village. Funny how the hill walks are much harder after lunch!

There’s the 12th century Eglise Saint Michel church to explore.

Below it, a hedged mediaeval medicinal herb garden with 200 species of herbs and good views over the valley.

In the late afternoon we’re back on the road, traveling through limestone cliffs, lavender and endless vineyards,

making our way to our next stop, the Les Plus Beau Village of Vogue. Now how could you not explore a place with a name synonymous with fashion?

But that’s a job for tomorrow. Just right now I’m busy making new friends. Very delighted that all the cats in Provence are fluent in English. They’re most free with offering up kitty love which is always a bonus.