We started the day with breakfast at La Guillone with another guest couple over incredible views of the Luberon Valley.
Then we were off - with our last view of the beautiful Gordes village [below].
We drove a few hours through the valley and into another mountain range...
until this peeked out from in between the trees:
This is Lac de Saint Croix. It took our breath away. We've seen nothing like it - nothing that has even come close.
Then we kayaked the Gorges du Verdon.
We were in awe.
We stopped several times while driving along the mountainside. On one of our stops, a group of three motorcyclists from Italy asked me to take their photo. They lined their shiny, sparkly bikes up perfectly, straightened out their skull cap bandanas, and crossed their arms. I took one shot, and then the guy turned on the flash and I took another. It was a cool experience, but I was trying hard not to giggle a bit at the ridiculousness of everything going on. Then the guy asked David if he could take me. Haha.
And then we drove to Grasse and got terribly lost on the way to La Surprise B&B, run by some lovely Britons. We were guests with two other couples - one from Austria and one from Australia. We sat around the outside table chatting and resting for a while, then drove to Valbonne for dinner. It was a lovely place.
Two notes on getting lost: 1 - I got laughed at for my French by a French woman who spoke perfect English. Thankfully, she was very sweet and helpful. 2 - the roads in Grasse are nearly vertical. I've never been so stressed out for my life. Not even driving along the cliffs of the Luberon or Verdon.
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Note: Contax 645 with Planar T* 80mm f2 lens, Nikon FM3a 35mm camera with Zeiss 50mm f1.4 Planar for Nikon lens, and a few iPhone photos.
all images © Kallie Brynn Photography