Hilltop Villages of the Luberon

Camping La Rivière

Camping La Rivière

We moved a few miles to camping La Rivière near St Maime, one of the hilltop villages of the Luberon mountains.

It is a pleasant, informal, site with large pitches; we parked in front of a lake.

Max

Max

There is a river running through the campsite.

House in St Maime

House in St Maime

Chapel at St Maime

Chapel at St Maime

St Maime

St Maime

St Maime

St Maime

The next day we cycled up the hill to St Maime, about half a mile horizontally and a bit more vertically (well that’s how it felt).

There is a ruined castle and the castle chapel at the top of the hill; the castle is famous for having been the home of the Comptes de Provence. The four daughters of Raymond Berenger V were bought up here; all married Kings. Éléonore married Henry III of England.

Dauphin

Dauphin

Across the valley from St Maime is the village of Dauphin, our next port of call. This is a stunningly beautiful village, with great views from the top.

Church at Dauphin

Church at Dauphin

Dauphin

Dauphin

Dauphin

Dauphin

Whilst we were walking round Dauphin the Mayor walked over and introduced himself. A charming man, he was clearly very proud of his village.

Dauphinn...Top of the Village

Dauphinn…Top of the Village

14th century arch at Dauphin

14th century arch at Dauphin

Basking

Basking

Mane

Mane

Next stop Mane, a larger village about 4km to the West. One of us (not Nia) took the wrong turning and after about a mile up a hill against a bit of a headwind there was nearly a divorce. However we did get here eventually and walked up the hill to the 12th century citadel.

Citadel at Mane

Citadel at Mane

Mane

Mane

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Rambling about Europe with the Kray Twins (Colin and Penny).

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