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  • View of the Durance Valley from the chateau
    View of the Durance Valley from the...
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  • Part of the Chateau garden overlooking the Durance
    Part of the Chateau garden overlooking...
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  • Parking lot one block away from the restaurant
    Parking lot one block away from the...
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    by Beausoleil Written Feb 12, 2015

    We knew it was ruined so there was no disappointment. It is a magnificent ruin on a hill with a commanding view of the Durance River and the suspension bridge. There is an archway behind the church and you continue up to another archway that is the chateau entrance. There is no charge and you can't go inside the chateau but the draw is an "Orientation Table" through the arch at the base of the chateau. It shows you what you are seeing as you look out over the valley. If you have a telephoto lens, take it. You'll be glad you did.

    There is a small, but pleasant garden at the base of the chateau and some lovely houses on the grounds. The houses are the main reason the chateau can't be restored. As you turn back toward the town, there is a little building that must have been the chateau chapel and it looks as though it is occupied. It's a great photo op though.

    You exit through the arch and continue back into the town.

    Remaining wall of the Chateau Chateau Chapel Part of the Chateau garden overlooking the Durance Leaving the Chateau
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    by Beausoleil Written Feb 12, 2015

    Park in the center of town and go to the Tourist Office for a walking map. They are very knowledgeable and will set you off in the right direction. It's not a long walk, perhaps 15 or 20 minutes from the central parking to the Old Town.

    We walked up to the War Memorial outside the picturesque cemetery and then back to the church of Saint Michel, built between 1751 and 1756; took photos of the lovely fountain in front of it and the went inside. The main altar isn't too exciting but there are several beautiful side altars. We left the church and walked on to the archway just behind the church that leads to the 12th-century castle ruins. We climbed up to the ruined castle that was formerly the property of the bishops of Marseilles but is a complete ruin. There are some lovely homes beside it so it can't be restored. However, if you go through the arch, there is a viewing table and a magnificent view of the Durance valley and the suspension bridge below the town. This may be the high point of the visit. It is stunning.

    We then wound our way back down into town enjoying a game of petanque in a park and lots of beautiful gardens as we walked.

    The town is an official "Village Fleuri" of France so you know it will be pretty. It would be a good base for visiting Arles, St. Remy de Provence, Avignon, the perched villages of Peter Mayle fame, the Pont du Gard . . . much of western Provence. If you are looking for a base, this would be off the tourist track and perhaps a bit less expensive than some other places. Of course you won't have all the tourist things to do but you will have adequate shopping and a couple nice restaurants and you are on the Durance River.

    Walking up to Old Town The War Memorial (with views) Fountain in front of the church Archway to the chateau View of the Durance Valley from the chateau
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    by Beausoleil Written Feb 12, 2015

    I will preface this by saying it is not a review; it is a point of information. We have not eaten here. We walked by after we had eaten elsewhere and it looked lovely so it's on our list of places to find when we return.

    This restaurant specializes in beef but they do have other offerings so if you are not a beef-eater, don't be afraid to try it. When you walk up to the Old Town, you walk past this lovely restaurant and we also discovered there is parking about one block below the restaurant so you really don't have to walk from the Tourist Office like we did.

    I've listed the web site below and the menus are available there. It is a little more than our usual budget, but not expensive by rural French standards. They value food and are willing to pay for it. We usually pay more in France than we do at home if there is something we know we like. This looks like a place to splurge a little and it is certainly not expensive.

    Favorite Dish: As mentioned above, they specialize in beef and have a good variety. I probably would get either the veal or one of the fish dishes. The prices ranged from 16 to 29 euros and I'm sure they will have a plat du jour or menu du jour that will cost less.

    Auberge du Vieux Village Parking lot one block away from the restaurant
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