18 June 2012

Menerbes est Magnifique !

Here is another hilltop town to add to your list if you plan on touring Provence.  


Thanks, or no thanks, to Peter Mayle and that bestseller of 1989, A Year in Provence, the village of Menerbes was over run with busloads of tourists for many years, but has now returned to the quiet and charming medieval village it once was.
Peter Mayle has moved to the nearby village of Lourmarin.
 Can't say I blame him as it is also a divine place ...

 The views from every vantage point are amazing. Vineyards, olive groves, cherry orchards, lavender fields, stone houses and mountains in the distance - what more could you ask for ...

The 17th century bell tower says it is lunch time and so it is on to the fantastic Maison de la Truffe et du Vin at the top of the hill.

This combined restaurant, exhibition space, wine cave and shop are well worth a visit as the building and decor are most attractive and there are wine tastings in the cellar.







 
An interesting glass exhibition caught the eye and the shop was selling that rather mysterious and smelly delicacy known as a truffle ...
These precious little black numbers weigh in at 220 euros for a kilo !

 Then it was time to head to the stylish restaurant ...

... and our table ...

... for a delicious and very generous meal with just a shaving or two of that special black truffle ...
 

Another memorable day in the Luberon ...

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