Retreat to Perfection in Gordes

The breathtaking approach to Gordes

Gordes.  It’s one of those places you visit in your mind, when you can’t sleep and want to fill your spirit with peace and calm and unspoiled beauty.  I push away my covetous feelings about those who enjoy life there on a daily basis, telling myself that such an experience might spoil the charm, might make me numb to the everyday pleasure of such a quaint and quiet place.  But that’s too poetic.  The fact that Gordes now is such a renowned beauty, a revered stop on the path of tourism, makes those thoughts a bit nostalgic.  There’s only so much room for tourists, and at night I imagine the village quiet, tucked in and looking over the Luberon valley under a blanket of stars.

In fact, that thought is so enticing, I have looked and found the perfect place to stay – Les Bories & Spa. On a “mental voyage” one can skip the tiresome problem of figuring out what to pack and how to plan the easiest way through all of those security checks.  Perhaps we’ll take the TGV from Paris to Avignon, rent a car and in no time arrive at Les Bories.  Our room is simply elegant and understated with a private terrace overlooking the hills.   We’ll be able to dine poolside under crisp canvas umbrellas and explore the village and countryside at our leisure.  It’s ever so easy to understand the lure of Gordes, poised at is with the central 12th-century castle and filled with winding cobblestone lanes.

Charming cobblestone lanes of Gordes

After all of our discoveries, we can return to our tranquil hotel retreat for a glass of wine by the fountain.  Sounds perfect, doesn’t it?

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