Care to take a walk with me on market day in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie?
Of course charming villages are to Provence what sticks of butter are to Julia Child recipes. But that didn't make us any less delighted with Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, just a 10 minute stroll from our haven at Le Bastide de Moustiers.
Located at the western edge of the dramatic Gorges de Verdon, near winding roads worthy of a mountain stage on the Tour de France, this little village boast a lovely 12th century church and a Lombard Romanesque bell tower.
Better still (in the wake of gourmet gluttony at Bastide Moustiers) is the hike up to the Notre Dame de Beauviour Chapel, following in the footsteps of pilgrims who began making the journey in the 5th century. The payoff of views of red-tiled roofs and the turquoise Lac de St. Croix in the distance makes the climb more that worth it, even on the hottest August-in-Provence day.
If you'd rather treasure hunt than stroll, Moustiers is also famous for hand-painted faience ceramics, which you'll see all over the village, both signing the medieval walls and streets, and in the ubiquitous Faienceries shops and studios.
And you can bet a bit of blue and white got carefully bubble wrapped and carried home with me...
A little something to remind me of the blue skies of Provence!