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Report 2025: Airplanes, Roses, Poppies, Caves, Bridges and Paradise
By Anastasia from Canada, Summer 2012
Page 20 of 24: Enchanting Bonnieux and How to Get Killed for a Picture
View from our terrace in Bonnieux
We then drove to our hotel in Bonnieux. We avoided the rush hour in Avignon. I remembered last time we were caught in traffic.
Our hotel was nicely located and our room had spectacular views on the valley and Lacoste, and Bonnieux roofs from the terrace. We couldnít find parking and had to come back and park at the downtown parking which only had two or three cars. From there we walked with our two bags only to the hotel.
Later we went out for some groceries and for food, but we were late for a lunch and too early for a dinner. In any case we ordered pizza to go from Les Terrasses and went back to our hotel. We had the same view from our room, so, no point eating at the restaurant. We purchased our groceries from a downstairs grocery store right facing Le Fournil restaurant and climbed up with water and wine. We had our dinner at our terrace with magnificent views.
Our room was simple but big with a very big bathroom and tub. Cesar is a budget hotel, but the views are great. We remained on our terrace with a glass of wine seeing lavender and sunflower fields and the sunset was magical with views of the valley and vineyards.
In the morning while we were at our terrace the apartment owner in Bandol called us and said we could arrive earlier. I would talk to her husband the day before, and we agreed on 2:30-3pm. However we said we will try 1pm, as this was more convenient for everyone. We drove to Abbey de Senanque for pictures, and stopped on the road also for some lavender fields. We took a wrong turn and ended up with a 15 minutes or more delay. We stopped at Gordes for a picture and continued to Senanque. The buses started arriving there and it became a hell. We didnít enter the parking as several cars were caught there for a while. The entrance road is only one way at a time. Tourists were driving like crazy all around and I felt it was dangerous to approach by car but also just walking because of the chaos. I donít know how all these people managed surviving in general on the roads with such bad driving. The only explanation I found confirmed my previous impressions: French drive well. We managed to get some pictures, although our lives were in danger, and we quickly left this tourist hell.
We drove for a while on the freeway but at one of the peages (i.e., toll roads), lines became huge. It was the day many French were going on vacation at the end of school.
The drive itself was fine, but several peages delayed our trip and we couldnít make it before 2pm. I called the owner to tell her this.
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