Subject: South of France-6
Our plan for the evening is to drive to Le Castelas (we've called to make sure they're open for dinner tonite!), leave the car there and hike to the crest of the Luberon before dinner at 8. As we drive east, we turn onto the D232 and find one borie (round stone hut of indeterminate age - some say medieval, some say 17th century...) after another. We pull off the road and walk into one of these interesting structures. You can pay to go into a reconstructed Borie Village near the town of Gordes, but we had much more fun discovering them ourselves as we drove around the Luberon. This unexpected stop, plus another for our friend the shepherd and his sheep as we approached Sivergue, caused us to get to Le Castellas too late to hike to the crest - so we went as far as we could, then returned to the farm. Ingrid and Gianni invited us and the other guests to enjoy a pitcher of sangria on the rustic stone terrace overlooking the valley. We watched the antics of a black goat up on the roof, and chatted in a combination of French, English, and even German (well, not us!) as dusk fell, and then entered the ancient vaulted stone room and sat at a long wooden table together. We, Bob and Sue Winn of Provence Byways, and a German couple were at one end, and the other end of the table was full of French tourists, who joked that we were the foreign end of the table. Dinner was delicious, and fresh from the farm - lamb again, as a 6 week old pet lamb gambolled around the dining room floor - we tried not to feel guilty. Gianni, from Sardinia, told us that the thin, flat bread was a recipe from the high plateau of his country. The cheese course was a wooden platter of many types of goat cheese, arranged by age, and a pot of farm-fresh honey. I'd never had that combination before, and loved the taste of the opaque honey on the aged cheese. Dessert was a surprise - brownies!