I was so taken by Hotel Bastide de Voulonne, which is near Gordes in the Luberon region. Above is the outdoor courtyard that was central to the rooms, with the stairs to the left leading to mine.
I almost didn't want to leave my room, or my doorway for that matter, as it was so pretty. I also really didn't want to stop looking at that fantastic frosted-glass door. Eventually I had to walk down those gorgeous steps into the gorgeous courtyard to the gorgeous 18th-century farmhouse (sigh), which had a back patio that overlooked the lush countryside. The owners of the hotel welcomed a handful of international visitors for a pre-dinner schmooze with hors d'oeuvres and a table of elegant cocktails. A nice dinner followed of cauliflower soup with sesame and salmon to start and then entrecote de boeuf with vegetables and potatoes.
My room keys. How cute?? Each room had a name and a kitschy keyring. My room was passionflower.
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