July 12, 2013
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque.
One of our first outings was to l'Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque near Gordes, France. We timed this trip perfectly to hit the lavender blooms and this is a place one must visit if taken by those rows of lavender in Provence. It is a Cistercian abbey dating to 1150. The austerity of the gray stone against the violet rows of lavender is staggering. It is still a functioning abbey - the monks who live here grow the lavender for their livelihood and tend honey bees.
Ma belle Louise admiring the cloisters of the abbey. (What a beauty she has become! So grown up).
We took a full tour and our tour guide was one serious lady. Since it is still a place of prayer and silence, they demand a reverent audience. Colette was the only one who wasn't on board. She loved the way her little screeches resonated in the vast Romanesque spaces. Marguerite tried to convince her to calm. She wasn't about to listen.