My husband and I lived in the South of France for a couple of years in the mid-80s. You’ll hear more about that later in the alphabet.
Today’s post is about my favorite perched village ,located well inland from the Mediterranean, roughly north and west of Nice in the Alpes-Maritime of Provence. Gourdon (and you might want to click on that link for sure because it’s a great photo of the village) is not all that easy to find, but the drive through the Gorges du Loup is incredibly beautiful and the view of the village from a distance is stunning. The chateau de Gourdon is old, very old. Pre-13th century old.
After parking in a visitor lot and walking up the hill to enter the village, the tourist is awed by the view out over the countryside of vineyards, olive groves, and flowers grown for perfumes. This area of France, which includes Grasse, is perfume country. It’s not unusual to see fields of flowers, especially lavender, in the season. The perfume factories and showrooms are interesting places to visit….unless you have allergies or asthma.