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The perched villages of the Luberon

From valley to hilltop in the Luberon

The Autumn colors were just starting to turn when I had the privilege to take Larry and Kathy on a tour through the Luberon valleys and hilltops.

From their hotel near Gordes, we ventured to the first village just 10 minutes away.  Oppede-le-Vieux. Why “Vieux” (which means “old”)?  Yes, most things are “old” in France but here it is to distinguish between the newer village of Oppede, established in the valley in the early 1900’s for more space, easier access to water and to cultivate gardens.  Funnily (smartly) the inhabitants took off their roofs before descending not to pay taxes on two properties.

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