Wine Tasting in Lumieres
On our way to Les-Baux-de-Provence we'll travel through olive groves, vine covered hills, the lively towns of Cavaillon and Saint-Rémy, along small roads lined with plane trees, and arrive in the heart of the Alpilles region..
Standing high on a rocky spur, the spectacular natural fortress of Les Baux-de-Provence and the ruins of its castle dominate the Alpilles valley. The breathtaking view from the dungeon extends to the Camargue and the sea. It's from this castle and village that in the 12th-13th century the Court of Love originated. There, troubadours composed passionate verses for ladies of the court. The narrow streets of this unique village are lined with 16th-17th century houses, art galleries, and boutiques with a variety of Provençal fares and crafts. You can visit the Eglise St. Vincent, partly carved from living rock, the Santons Museum (17th-18th century traditional clay figurines), or take a short hike to the top of the castle. Walking through this village gives the sense of life when noble dames were courted by poets, cruel acts were perpetuated, and lords and knights fought some of the bloodiest wars in the history of Provence.
LUNCH: Take a break from your visit and shopping spree and join us for a glass of a local wine and lunch in a charming restaurant.
After lunch we'll head on to Lumieres for a tasting of regional wines. In the village, you can visit a famous Provencal designer's shop at the Chateau de l' Ange, and the church Notre-Dame-des-Lumieres built over a shrine. Dedicated to the Mother of the Eternal Light, it was a high place of pilgrimages from the middle ages to the 19th century.
EVENING: Free evening for dining out.
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