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Breakfast in our Favourite Luberon Villages

As you have probably guessed, I am a little bit restricted at the moment after my tumble a couple of weeks ago and am already missing being able to get out on the bike. I have very quickly realized that I am really not very good at being sedentary and know that I will be back turning the pedals as soon as I possibly can.

If I’m honest it’s not just the cycling that I miss, but our breakfasts too. Over the years a stop at a boulangerie for a coffee and a croissant or pain au chocolat has become as much a part of our ride as putting on our shoes and fastening our helmets.

Favourite Places for Breakfast:

Simiane-La-Rotonde: The Patisserie Petit Fours is situated by the side of the main road that runs on towards Banon. Open until noon except for Mondays when it’s closed.

Bonnieux: Buy croissants and pain au chocolat from the Boulangerie near the Church or on the terrace of the Bar Le Terrail.

Don’t miss the Pont Julien named after the nearby town of Julia Apta, now known as Apt, this ancient and amazing stone bridge built in the year 3BC stands majestically just off the D900 from Avignon to Apt. Used originally by Roman soldiers and traders it went on to carry vehicular traffic for more than two millennia.

Pont Julien Veloroute Luberon @Vauclusedreamer

Bonnieux is one of those magical places in Provence where you find a remarkable “secret” garden. The village streets and alleyways climb, in some cases steeply, up the side of a hill. The benefit of this slopeside location is that many buildings have sweeping views of the pastoral Luberon Valley. Walk up to the church, at the very top, to justify that extra glass of local rosé.

La Louve Garden Bonnieux Verger Photos

Experience village life in Bonnieux – Bonheur en Bonnieux is a newly-renovated 1300-square foot, three-bedroom/two bathroom apartment located in the heart of Bonnieux. Guests especially enjoy the large, well-equipped kitchen and the adjoining covered terrace. Relax here over a meal, sip a glass of wine, and observe Bonnieux’s daily life.

Villars: The boulangerie is tucked away up the street to the left of the village square. The shop has a massive wood-fired bread oven.

Saint Saturnin: Tuesday is our favourite day for breakfast here as it’s market day in the village. With the market, there’s always plenty to watch.

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Julie Whitmarsh

Julie Whitmarsh

Julie and her husband Andy started visiting the Vaucluse area 25 years ago & over the years have increased the amount of time they spend there with their growing family. She has a deep affection for the area, finding it is a great place to visit, where the whole family can relax and enjoy time together.

She longs for the day when she can ‘up-sticks’ from her home on Dartmoor & relocate to the Luberon and spend her days cycling, walking, visiting markets & brocante fairs and of course enjoying the local food and drink.

Her blog VaucluseDreamer gives her a space to highlight some of her favourite things about the area from places to visit to particular activities that she and her family all enjoy.

She hopes one day it will be a place where she can share the process of renovating a house in France, but at the moment that will have to wait.

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