Monday, December 21, 2009

What is a Borie You Ask?

Near the Lavender Museum is the village of bories, which has been made into a museum site. We went down the rockwall-lined road to the site, which was a wonderful experience in itself.

When we arrived at the site but felt that nothing outside the site indicated that it would be worth it to visit, so we left. However I loved the rock walls and the apparent solution to where the extra rocks from the fields could be put:

I had seen bories scattered about the countryside, so we simply stopped to look at one for free.

What is a borie?

From Wikipedia:
"The word "Borie", of Provençal origin, comes from the Latin "boaria" - oxen stable -, signifying a type of shed. The hut has always been an institution in Provence. First popping up in fields to house the peasants' tools, it became, as time passed, the little country house, done up, often in quite a rudimentary manner, to spend Sundays and holidays. The borie also permetted shepherds to shelter their flocks. To build them, our ancestors gathered the stones from the calcareous surroundings. They were just lying there for the taking."

On to Gordes, which is supposed to be a popular stop for the tour buses. It is also supposed to be beautiful in the late afternoon light so based on the latter reason I decided we should go there. We drove through, but it just didn't seem different enough to us and the tour buses had caused a traffic jam in the small town. When we couldn't find free parking, we left without even stopping. At least that was the case until we saw this spectacular view of the town.

And this one of the valley below.

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