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Bonnieux

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Rising above the valley, Bonnieux appears on the hillside after the last curves in the road, which is the passage-point for crossing the massif Luberon dividing the northern and southern Luberon.  027

The road winds back and forth through the hills and up into the village of Bonnieux – a popular ride for cycling enthusiasts. In the village, the views of the surrounding valley are superb, with a patchwork of vineyards and orchards, and also across the Vaucluse plateau to the equally picturesque perched village of Lacoste.

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In the village you can walk up through the narrow streets of the village passing through arched tunnels beneath the houses, and up 86 steps to the top, where you can discover the 12th-century “Eglise Haute ” church with a high, pointed steeple, and take in the spectacular views.

Past the end of the high church, there is a lovely little park with lush green grass shaded by tall pine trees and magnificent centuries old cedars with a view of the gorges cutting through the Luberon to the south.

The Musée de la Boulangerie is located in the village in a 17th-century house. The museum explains the history of bread, from Roman times through Medieval and the French Revolution. Explained is the entire sequence of bread making, from the agrarian civilizations and their farming equipment, through the milling to the distribution. The museum is open in the summer, daily except Tuesdays. In the Spring and Summer the museum is on weekends.

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The Luberon region of Provence

The gorgeous sunny and warm weather has continued throughout our visit to Provence. The temperatures have been in the low 20’s C during the day, although at the end of October we are now beginning to feel the cooler air in the mornings, late in the day, and evenings.

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We are now in the Luberon region of Provence – a spectacular area with its countryside filled with vineyards and olive groves, and picturesque perched villages with stunning views. The incredible luminosity and warm colours have long attracted artists, writers and visitors to the Luberon, which boasts 5 villages classified as the most beautiful villages in France.  The perched villages of  Gordes, Roussillon,  Bonnieux, Lacoste, Menerbes are designated, and Ansouis and Lourmarin are also worthy contenders.

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Warm Provencal coloured houses, time-worn stone buildings, shady squares, ancient fountains, and seemingly eternal sunshine come together in charming hilltop villages, which beckon visitors to relax and drink in the beauty, the lifestyle, and the history that have shaped the architecture and the people.

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The Luberon is also an area of lush vegetation with beautiful vineyards, orchards and gardens throughout the countryside, and gorgeous produce fill the market stalls throughout the seasons, including strawberries, asparagus, cherries, melons, figs, apricots, muscat grapes, garlic, black truffles, olives, aromatic herbs and more!

During our stay in the Luberon, we will visit villages, markets, restaurants and vacation rentals in Ansouis, Cucuron, Lourmarin, Menerbes, Goult, Bonnieux, Gordes, Roussillon and more. 276

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