Excursion today around the Luberon villages. The weather overcast and threatening but with the benefit that for the most part we had the roads and tiny village streets to ourselves, a real treat. Gordes is oh so pretty, chi-chi even, relatively bustling - the weekly market doesn’t sell any vegetables at all or anything you could cook a meal with, only tapenade, truffles, honey, material etc. And the immobilier includes Sothebys, which tells you all you need to know re the price of the local “real estate”. We moved on to Roussillon, which rises from the ochre plain in a dazzling variety of red to orange hues, a stunning sight. The centre of the village twists and turns, a fabulous door at every corner. We had a great meal at The Bistro in the square opposite the bookshop (itself well worth a visit) – Cabillaud was the favourite dish, plus a local Viognier. On the way home we passed the Abbey de Senanque on the road between Gordes and Venasque nestling down in the valley.its image is over familiar as it’s used on millions of postcards mainly because of the lavendar fields in front of its graceful façade, but even within winter, unadorned, we gasped at its sheer beauty.