"My husband and I had a wonderful two-week visit to Lorgues and the Reid house at 3 rue du Paty. The house is beautiful: the exterior is a handsome High Medieval stone building, the interior recently renovated and artfully decorated, and there is a lovely private garden terrace off the dining room. When we travel, we like coming home at the end of a long day to our own home base, to relax with some wine and make our own dinner with food we bought at the market – roasted chicken, baguette, olives, gorgeous salad greens, and the freshest chevre cheese. We had a dessert contest on several nights, each selecting a different tart or cake or cookie at one of the 3 bakeries in Lorgues. The ultimate winner was the tart frambois cassis at Aux Delices (also the best croissant for breakfast).
Most days we picked out a town to drive to and explore: one day Tourtour with a wonderful view of the valley and fine shops; the next day to Aups, charming; north to Lake St. Croix, breathtakingly blue with a sandy beach/kayaks then the small mountain town of Moustiers Sainte Marie, wandering between the medieval buildings and lunch at a shaded outdoor café; to Aix en Provence, a busier town, tea by the central fountain La Rotonde and walked the Cours Mirabeau, a wide boulevard with refined French architecture (much of it designed by Louis XIV); south to the Thoronet Abbey built by Cisternian monks circa 1175, impressive, a highlight for us; and a long day to St. Maxime on the Mediterranean (a beautiful drive/highway), took the shuttle boat to St. Tropez, admired the yachts of the rich and famous and had lunch in a quiet outdoor café on a back street.
The best part was simply living in Lorgues. We grew accustomed to walking down the steep hill to the main street and shops and cafes to partake of town life (for a leisurely tea and coffee at 4 p.m., buy croissant, or buy a few things at the little Casino store) then climb back up the hill to home. The local restaurants in Lorgues are quite good. The pizza is excellent. The market in Lorgues every Tuesday morning is fantastic and fun -- the main street lined with vendors under tents: a vegetable stand, fruit stand, then olives, cheeses, bread and pastries, saucisson and chickens, beautiful clothes, hats and on and on. A delightful feast for the eyes and senses! It was a splendid two weeks living, indeed, in a very different place and culture that appreciates and accentuates beauty and simple pleasures."
Date of Stay: May 2015
Review Submitted: July 12, 2015