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Today Annie Sargent brings you a conversation with Elyse Rivin of Toulouse Guided Walks about the Sénanque Abbey and Gordes. This is lavender-central, but there’s more to it than the beautiful flowers! Elyse was just there on a vacation with her sisters, and she’ll tell us all about it with great tips on how to organize your visit and a little bit about the history of this Abbey. We start the conversation about the Sénanque Abbey and then move on to Gordes.
You MUST reserve a spot to visit the Abbey. You can't wander around on your own, you must follow a guide. If you understand French, you'll listen to the guide. If you don't understand French they'll give you a Histopad which is a tablet with a visit in English (and several other languages as well). There's a nice shop attached to the Abbey as well, but no café or restaurant. You'll need to take stairs and it's not wheelchair accessible at this time (apparently they are working on it).
The association with lavender is only 50 years old, before that the monks had other crops and activities. But lavender is there for good because it's become an iconic image of Provence.
Gordes is a big village with all services, several restaurants, cafés, ice cream places, etc. Elyse really enjoyed a place called The Outsider (she says the Outlander by mistake), you must reserve 5 or 6 days ahead of time.
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