Sunday ride through the Luberon, Provence

Sunday dawned clear and cool. After a quick breakfast we left Séguret headed for the Luberon, our neighboring region to the south. Perhaps made somewhat recently famous by Peter Mayle’s book, A Year in Provence, it is beyond beautiful with picturesque towns such as Gordes, Murs, and Venasque amongst many others. It is a quick, gradually descending traverse from Séguret to Mazan and Venasque on well surfaced departmental roads that skirt Carpentras and traffic to the West. Weekend cyclists are everywhere and many “Bonjours” and “Allez, allez” are passed amongst us.

Twenty miles in, we cross into the Parc naturel régional du Luberon and climb into the valley where the Abbaye de Sénanque is nestled amongst dormant lavender fields. After a quick loop through the driveway of the abbaye we continue our ride to Gordes, and gain the road that will take us to Murs. Spring has begun and the fields are verdant green and trees are just budding. We circle back through the col de Murs and mix it up with a Sunday amateur car rally passing through. We stop for a lunch of moules frites, a french staple, and soak up the Spring sun and Sunday market scene. Back on the bike for the twenty mile ride back home and Sunday papers (online!)

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