Does this setting look familiar? It’s the amazing little hilltop village of Gordes, France, in the heart of Provence! If you think you recognize it, that may be because you saw the movie A Good Year, starring Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard, based on the book of the same title by Peter Mayle. Doesn’t it look like a postcard? Our visit was one of the highlights of my retirement trip in June, 2007. The scenes centered around the café belonging to the character Fanny were all filmed in a marvelous little restaurant called Le Renaissance here in Gordes!
I must add that we ate dinner at Le Renaissance, having asked for a table where Russell Crowe sat…I’m such a goofball!…and got an additional bonus! While we were eating, the director of the movie, Ridley Scott, and his party came to the restaurant and sat beside us! It seems that he has a home nearby and frequents this restaurant! How fun is that?? And no…I did not dare to say one word to him! lol
(photo of Russell Crowe from 20th Century Fox)
The restaurant pictured in my header photo was also located in Gordes. Its name translates my father was a pastry chef! Isn’t this just so frenchy? Sadly, the restaurant has now moved to St Rémy and modernized its decor!
Also nearby is the magnificent 12th century Abbaye de Sénanque, known for its beautiful fields of lavender, which unfortunately, were not in bloom yet. Getting there is an adventure along a very high one-lane road with two way traffic!! See the tiny car way up high on the cliff?? Yikes! Next time I won’t be driving!
Thanks for dropping by! I hope you enjoyed my photos. To see more mosaics, please visit our gracious hostess Mary for Mosaic Monday at her beautiful blog Little Red House to see who is participating this week!
And to see some wonderful photos of the great outdoors, please head over to visit our hostess with the mostest, Susan at her amazing blog A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday! See you next time! A la prochaine!