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Coustellet, L'Abbaye de St Hilaire, L'Abbaye de Silvacane, Buoux

The most pleasant part of recent days in the Luberon are the early mornings. Cloudless skies, light breezes, quiet village and deserted streets. A beautiful start to our last Sunday - but one which promises another hot day.

In theory, I support the local economy - the tabac, the boulangerie, the Bar des Sports, Vidal - and opinion is tilting in favour of La Closerie restaurant in our remaining days in Ansouis.

We wanted to re-visit Coustellet. I think it's the best market for our type of visit I've ever been to - but I was interested in seeing what the Sunday market in Ansouis had to offer. Not much as it turned out - just getting set up as we drove by at 8:30am. Arrived on Coustellet shortly after 9:00am before the heat of the day kicked in and parking was plentiful.

Another excellent experience at the Coustellet market before heading over to Lacoste and a relaxing expresso and "cinq Monacos" at the Bar de Europe, followed by a visit to L'Abbaye St. Hilaire, our nearby previous gîte rental, Menerbes, L'Abbaye de Silvacane - another Cistercian Abbey just across the Durance from Cadenet (parking €2, entrance 6€50 - OUCH! - only some of us paid to enter) before arriving back in Ansouis by 2:00pm.

Off again by 3:00pm - attracted by a large number of cars to stop at Lourmarin - nothing special seemed to be going on - the pretty village is just a magnet on a Sunday afternoon with all the restaurants and stores open for business. Over to Buoux, to see why a lot of people like it. Beats me - "scenic", aka treacherous, drive and not much there.

Another evening in - and a trip to the Med. planned for tomorrow.

We have begun to talk about going home.

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