To buy or not to buy, that is the question. We both paint so we love to see the work of other people. Hence, we seek out every gallery we can find no matter where we are. Since we have long since run out of wall space, we don't buy as much as we used to, but it's still lots of fun to look.There are quite a few galleries in Gourdon, some memorable,...more
I love to visit Grasse for perfume. It's fun and makes great family gifts now that we've all decided our favorite scents. However, did you know that Gourdon is a perfume center too?You see the bottles of brightly colored liquids displayed all over town and you will see the copper distilling equipment in front of (and inside) several...more
Le Notre designed the gardens. He designed the gardens at Versailles to give you an idea of the delight awaiting you.The gardens here have one huge advantage over Versailles . . . the views from the gardens are spectacular. You can see forever from nearly every vantage point.Open every day from June 1st to September 30, 11:00 until 13:00...more
We see these spice bread shops in Alsace all the time and love them. I'm not sure I've noticed one in Provence before. I was taking pictures of quaint street scenes and completely missed that this was a spice bread shop or we would have done more to support the local economy. I'm from Ohio originally, descendant of German immigrants and lover of...more
This falls in the category of walks. We love to look for sun dials. I've seen many photos of this one since we have returned home. What attracted me was the little statue in the window above the sun dial. It looked so friendly. How nice to be a sun dial and have company instead of having to work all by yourself.more
You will want to walk all over this tiny and beautiful village. It is picturesque from any point in town. There are tourist shops up and down the streets that include restaurants, snack places, crafts stores, art galleries . . . you name it. I know some people avoid anything that smacks of a tourist trap, but if you're a tourist, why not enjoy the...more
Gourdon is a very small village, easily walked from the entrance at the north to the Queen Victoria plaza at the south end. There are stores along the way featuring crafts, arts, perfumes, and all the usual sales items. This village is much more commecial than most hill villages. The street is paved and open fronted stores like the walkway. The...more
From the great panoramic views at Victoria Pl., to the vendors square close to the castle... as little as it may seem, Gourdon hides many architectural and natural sercrets. Take a walk from its entrance between the high Northern ramparts, into its sinuous little streets to discover the four headed fountain, the St-Vincent chapel and St-Pons chapel...more
After a walk through the village, under the hot summer sun, a stop in Gourdon's first and oldest church Ste-Catherine, is a nice recommendation for a breath of cool air. With only the sunlight filtering through its opened door, the place is dark and fresh... as only little round and square openings fonction as windows... one can put a coin in a...more
Un établissement de haut volSitué dans le petit village de Gourdon, entre Provence et Côte-d'Azur, à 13km au nord-est de Grasse, cet établissement bénéficie d'un splendide panorama sur 80km de côtes découpées. C'est l'endroit idéal pour un repas en amoureux ou pour fêter un évènement dans un cadre exceptionnel.more
I don't usually recommend a restaurant where I haven't eaten. Seems silly. However, we both decided the view from this place was so good we wouldn't even care what the food tasted like. We had just finished lunch in a nearby village (an excellent lunch) so we didn't stop here.I did include a photo of the eagle in its nest as the second photo here...more
It is nice to satiate my appetite and at the same time to enjoy great views and sights. It could be better if you have time for enjoying the views at the table but in the hot season when many tourists visit the town restaurant staff might be impatient if you are just looking in the distance while other tourists are waiting for free table. Cider...more
Don't know about you, but we often do our Christmas shopping while on vacation. It's fun for us and we don't have to figure out how to store or display things when we get home. I'm definitely not a shop 'til you drop person but I have a weakness for local crafts and for Provencal print tableclothes, place mats and napkins. We are getting quite a collection.
What to buy: Different things for different people . . .
Hand crafted toys for the grandkids
Provencal table cloths for our daughters (and for us)
Carved wooden bowls for various people
Ceramics / pottery for special friends
Watercolors for everyone, including ourselves
Perfumes for fun
Soaps for little gifts
They are all here someplace and it's lots of fun to look.
Support the French economy . . . .
What to pay: My advice is to budget for what you want and when the budget is spent, stop buying.