So, on advice from someone who posted on Tripadvisor, we chose to stay in the Tour des Anges in the hamlet of Sablet, quite definitely a working town and not a tourist haunt. The owner, Pippa Gabriel, was delightful to deal with via email so the week long let was settled.
The trip to get there started in Athens on Saturday morning and went by plane to Paris CDG airport. Then via their little train to Terminal 2 where we caught the TGV to Avignon. We were so paranoid about missing this connection that Nick had bought additional tickets for following train three hours later (at the cheap earlybird price), but we actually got from the plane gate to the TGV station in just over an hour, including collecting checked luggage. The train trip was very fast and smooth and we arrived at Avignon at about 5.10pm. From thence via hire car to Sablet, going the long way round because we trusted the GPS instead of Pippa’s wonderful directions. So by the time we arrived the shops were closed and the bar and pizza shop were all that was open. So pizza it was and a bottle of pale Sablet rose.
This is Sablet.
This is Sablet rose, and very good it is too.
One of the delights of being in France are the market days in the towns. Sablet does not have its own market, so we decided to visit Malaucene nearby and later Vaison la Romaine. Some images of the markets and shops for you.
This is green asparagus. White asparagus is pristine.
The lavender honey was stunning. We bought some!
Naturally shiny strawberries
This is nougat cake
These fruit jellies were for sale at a cart at the top of Mt Ventoux. A bit unexpected.
Nodding turtles looked up at me as I took this picture