Even though we’ve been home for a few weeks, I still have so much from France to share! I’ll also be putting together a post on our full France itinerary, so stay tuned- it’s going to be a big one. In the meantime, I’m following up from my last post with today’s, which was the following day. What was so nice about staying in the Luberon region was that we were able to get around and visit many villages in a single day. With some of them only a few minutes apart, we would hop around from morning til dusk. Before we left the States, we did a lot of research to find small towns to visit during our stay, which we added to our Google Maps, that way we could reference them while traveling.
We left the house early in the morning so that we could fit in multiple stops before our lunch reservation later in the day. The first village we stopped by, Oppède, was one of the smallest and most charming we visited. We had initially been planning on getting breakfast at Le Petit Cafe (online it said it was open for breakfast), but after discovering it was only serving drinks and coffee, we decided to grab something in the next town. Since our stomachs were grumbling, we only spent about an hour walking around Oppède, which we quickly realized was enough time to see most of the village.
Next, we headed to Ménerbes, which was a village near the hotel we stayed in at the very beginning of our trip. The first thing we did was stop into the nearest bakery we could find to get some croissants. Oh, croissants! They are my weakness when we are in France. The best and most delicious way to start the day and these were really, really good. Flaky, buttery with just the slightest crunch, just the way we like them.
It was the late morning and Ménerbes was still coming to life. Unlike some of the other towns we visited that were bustling with tourists in the morning, we were happy to find that this one was on the sleepy side. Stores were starting to trickle open, with many of the restaurants closed until noon. We did find one cafe, Cafe du Progress, that was serving breakfast and had an amazing view from their back terrace. We strolled in and happily found a table in the back corner where we could look out over the valley. We ordered coffee and omelets and were quite content with our spur of the moment find!
French blue was definitely the color we saw all around the village. It’s one of my favorite shades of blue- we’re actually considering painting our front door and shutters a similar color (if we decide to paint our house white). So I was taking pictures of every variety I saw, for inspiration, of course! I wore this similar color striped wrap dress, which is the comfiest thing to travel in. It also comes in this shorter version and this tie-shoulder version, along with a version in the same style but a floral pattern instead of stripes.
After a few hours of exploring, we headed off to our last stop of the afternoon, lunch at Bastide de Capelongue in Bonnieux. We had made reservations at their gourmet restaurant, Edouard Loubet. We usually opt for very casual lunches, and even dinners, while traveling, but after reading wonderful things about this spot, we thought we would switch things up and indulge on a leisurely lunch. Be prepared to give yourself a few hours here- it’s a wonderful experience. They start you off with aperitifs in the garden, along with small appetizers (my favorite was a tiny thin crusted truffle pizza!). Next, they move you inside, where you begin with an amuse bouche followed by a salad course. We both ordered the fish for our main dish and loved every bite. But, I have to say, our favorite thing was the cheese cart (that comes before dessert), which had just about every kind of cheese you could ever want. Heaven! I definitely recommend this place if you’re in the area or visiting nearby. It was incredible. The grounds are also stunning, and a nice reason to get up and moving after a very filling meal.