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 6. HAUTE PROVENCE REGION
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 The local region around Buis-les-Baronnies

Although the village of Buis is not particularly high itself - the surrounding countryside is 
spectacular in all directions - yet it is close to Vaison-la-Romaine, Avignon and Châteauneuf-de-Pâpe.
The local wines are mainly Cotes-de-Rhone-Villages, the Luberon, or Cotes-de-Ventoux.

The wonderfully vivid colours in the high rocks around Buis change with the time of day -
                 
- and there is a school of rock climbing - escalade -  just outside the village taking beginners to advanced -
- and they also climb the Rocher-St-Julien.  
Every springtime the festival of the Illuminations de St-Julien is held - where 200 climbers scale 
the Rocher after dark wearing torches on their safety helmets until they outline 
the entire rock - they shout OLE back to the village and then slide down ropes like fireflies.
We were lucky to watch this marvellous happening through our bedroom window.
Two kms up the hill from Buis is the high perched village of La Roche-sur-le-Buis -
with its pretty winding streets and ruined castle -

Buis is surrounded by magnificent walking country - leave straight from the cottage 
and take a choice of routes through the valleys or straight up into the high country.

The entire region is dotted with delightful Provençale villages - 
this is Mollans-sur-Ouvèze  - which holds a festival of Artists in the Streets every year -
It is also the country of unique landmarks such as the little chapel perched on rock 
high above the village at Pierrelongue - just 5 kms from our village of Buis.
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- and then on to the attractive village Entrechaux with its ruined castle - its vines - and also what we think
is probably the very best restaurant in the region - St Herbert - run by the same family through generations.
This is really worth a visit.

We went to St Hubert for lunch to celebrate a very special birthday in 2014 and had their normal 
Menu-de-Jour on a week day - 16 euros for 3 courses - a cheaper Menu Enfant
for the grandchildren. This is one of the very best meals we have had in France.
       
A couple of the desserts we enjoyed that day - absolutely mouth watering.

 

- then a few kms more on to sophisticated Vaison-la-Romaine - 18 kms from Buis 
- famous for its important Roman excavations (see section on sight-seeing) - its cafe life -

-and for its marvellous market every Tuesday - one of the largest and most colourful in Provence.
This is the country of marvellous ruined castles on cliffs surrounded by vines and mountains 
so it is stunningly beautiful in all seasons - but maybe particularly in its autumn colours -
- and wherever you drive around the village of Buis, there is usually a distant view of Mont Ventoux
showing a different aspect in every season. Here it is in springtime.
 


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