Thursday, October 4, 2012

staycation {part.3}

{Cobblestones strewn with rose petals in Gordes}

We awoke in Avignon to a perfect bright blue and sunny sky. But in the south of France, that beautiful, blue sky usually comes with a price, and that price is, the mistral.

Ever heard of it? defines it as; a strong, cold northwesterly wind that blows through the Rhône valley and southern France into the Mediterranean.For something more descriptive, there's this post I wrote about it after being blown over by it for the first time.

Personally, I think Le Mistral wanted to show off for the tourists that weekend (I don't know what was happening the weekend of the 14th of September, but Avignon was hopping) and show off it did.

The wind was whipped into a frenzy as we walked bent over, bodies slanted forward to try and keep balance. A tour of Le Palais des Papes was the perfect place to take shelter.

After touring the palace (two hours!), Eilo, Godmother, Miss Vicki and JoDelle were due to take the petit train tour of the city. It was noon and there was a train all set to go so they bought their tickets, took their seats and waited.

And waited.

And waited.

The petit train finally left one hour later. I'm pretty sure the driver wanted to eat his lunch first. Lunch is very important in France. But it would have been nice if someone had said that to the large group of people waiting on the train. Customer service... Qu'est-ce que c'est?

So that was Avignon... a feisty mistral, Le Palais des Papes, and a petit train tour. (Having been there done that, The Husband and I spent the time visiting Baby Cousin's shop, window shopping, people watching and eating a kebab on a park bench. It was a good day.)

{Mean Girl Gordes}
Leaving Avignon, we headed east to Gordes.

How do I even begin to explain Gordes...

Gordes is flawless.

Gordes is one of le plus beaux villages de France (the most beautiful villages in France). It's simply stunning. Perched perfectly atop the Plateau de Vaucluse, it shines golden and lovely, and makes The LPV feel bad about itself. If Gordes was a girl, Gordes would be Regina George.

And just like Regina George, Gordes might be beautiful on the outside, but it's a capital B, little i t c h on the inside. To really explore Gordes you have to walk on ancient (re: unsafe) cobblestones at precarious angles. Up and down you go, praying that your ankle doesn't snap, (for the record, I don't think anyone ever snapped an ankle in The LPV), hoping that you don't slip on a rose petal (they don't roll out the red carpet in Gordes... they throw rose petals... whatever), grasping onto rock walls turned bannister for dear life and dodging tourists.

But Gordes is beautiful, blah blah blah.  

And I'm sure it has two Fendi purses, a silver Lexus, 
and John Stamos probably said it was pretty.


P.S. The LPV is not obsessed with Gordes.
P.P.S. Yesterday was Mean Girls Appreciation Day (get in loser, we're going shopping)


  1. I was in Gordes with my BFF just one day before, how funny would it have been if we had run into you, I would have totally had a fan moment, autograph and all! :) My BFF and I were doing a "Good Year" ( the movie...) tour and after Gordes went to the Chateau de La Canorgue, where we had a wine tasting and sneakily snapped some photos of the house where Russell C. Stayed. I LOVE that area ( especially Roussillon, simply stunning, tu ne crois
    pas?) Anyway, I cannot wait for the day my hubby and I can finally retire there after his 27 years in the US Air Force! Count down has begun...only 6 more years... :/

  2. Things I love about this post:

    1. That you called Gordes a Bitch
    2. That you called her Regina George.

  3. You had me laughing all the through that post!! Thanks for the fun...although, I might have almost lost my lunch, I was chuckling so much! Looking forward to meeting you in a couple of weeks!

  4. I'm so glad you got to show your Mom and Godmother so many places. Rose petal cobblestone streets?! Yes please!! Kind how I imagine the streets of Heaven. xoxo

  5. Ok, all those perfectly placed rose petals on the cobblestone ... Gorgeous. Did you do that for a photo op? Only in France does that happen, totally jealous. Glad you had a great time xx

  6. Gordes - added to the list of places I wish to visit when we return to France... after the LPV that is.

  7. Your blog is awesome; I started reading it recently and it always makes me laugh. I love that yesterday was Mean Girls Appreciation Day for you; that's one of my favourite movies.

    Boo, you whore...

  8. hahahaha loving the comparison between gordes and mean girl regina george (as i just watched that movie the other night) - imagining walking in heels on those bitchy slippery cobblestone roads :))

    wondering what the mistral did to all those gorgeous rose petals?!

  9. I really want to travel to France again! So badly!

  10. Bwahaha, Gordes as I've never heard it described before, I may never look at it the same way again :oD I agree on its ankle breaking qualities though o.O

  11. Gordes does indeed look stunning! I would love to visit the south of France again. I've been once but just to Biarritz & Bordeaux. Reminds me of some of the hill towns in Spain's Andalusia region.

    P.S. I loved the Mean Girls reference ha ha :)

  12. This post has the perfect amount of Mean Girls references mixed in. Gordes does look beautiful though.

  13. I've seen that same view of Gordes (from that rocky perch) many a time, including this past summer (along with about 200 other tourists), but I have yet to actually go into Gordes and explore. I heard it was where Jacques Chirac had his vacation home and therefore always thought it'd be a bit too ritzy for me. In your previous post, I have to admit I laughed out loud about you scaring Les Villagers with your going out on the town outfits! :)

  14. These Mean Girls references made my day!

  15. You have the most amazing staycations! I'm emailing you with an idea right now ;) xoxox

  16. A summary of Gordes worthy of Dorothy Parker!

  17. Pahahahaha, I think my favorite thing about this post is the comparison between Gordes and Regina George.

    Best post ever.

    Stupid rose petals.

  18. Gordes is so so beautiful! Thank you so much for introducing me to her :) I am reading all your staycation-posts now, and enjoying it very much :) Happy weekend!


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